Richard Musisi, the Executive Director MADIPHA, says reports from their group members indicate that many are still finding it hard to access healthcare due to different impairments, something that worsens their vulnerability.
Persons with Disability-PWDs in Greater Masaka sub region are courting health
services providers to protect the rights of PWD patients when they approach
The campaign, which is led by Masaka Association
of Disabled Persons Living with HIV/AIDS-MADIPHA, is aimed at ensuring that all
PWDs have full access to healthcare support in their areas.
the Executive Director MADIPHA, says reports from their group members indicate
that many are still finding it hard to
access healthcare due to different impairments, something that worsens their
Musisi says the situation is worse with
complicated ailments like HIV, Tuberculosis-TB and Cancers among others, which
require high levels of expertise that can’t accesses from private clinics.
He says they
have resorted to engaging health workers, community volunteers and
administrators of public facilities such that they can support and defend the rights
of PWD patients by fully integrating them into the health support system.
He says they intend to create voluntary PWD
right ambassadors within the health service sector who will create a conducive
environment for PWDs and eventually save their lives.
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Musisi says they are also imploring health
workers to public health facilities to help them compile clear data about PWDS
and their respective needs, which he says will complement efforts of lobbying
government and other relevant authorities to effectively consider them during
planning and preferably give them special interventions.
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Nakasagga, the In-charge of Butenga Health Centre in Bukomansimbi district
acknowledges the bottlenecks in the health services system that are still
holding back PWDs access to health services.
According to Nakasagga, some of the bottlenecks
have been found to be managerial that result from attitude, lack of skills and
equipment among others, which she says can gradually be fixed through such
engagements with the affected persons and duty bearer.
Isabella Nyirazihawe, the In-charge of Masaka
Regional Referral Hospital TB ward appreciates the intervention, saying it will
save many unattended PWD patients that have been abandoned in the communities.
She explains that it isn’t easy to track PWD patients
in their registers because there is not specific provision for them.