Kitgum Municipal Council Town Clerk, Emmanuel Banya says that the health workers have resumed outreach programmes on immunization, attending to HIV patients and monitoring Village Health team [VHT] activities.
Health Workers at Pandwong Health Center III in Pandwong Division,
Kitgum Municipality have embarked on outreach programs to extend health
services in the community.
This comes almost three months after services at the facility were
halted after the facility was turned into a quarantine centre for COVID-19
Most of the medical workers at the facility had been integrated at Kitgum
General Hospital to back up the medical staffs in providing health services to
However, the workers have since abandoned Kitgum General Hospital and returned
at Pandwong Health centre after a series of complaints raised by Kitgum
Municipal council over the gradual decline in ranking of the facility by Health
Kitgum Municipal Council Town Clerk, Emmanuel Banya says that the health
workers have resumed outreach programmes on immunization, attending to HIV
patients and monitoring Village Health team [VHT] activities.
Banya says the facility had since April this year been receiving
negative ranking from the health ministry citing that it would have affected
funding and release of drugs from the government if they had not resumed
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He notes that the decision to withdraw and integrated staffs of Pandwong Health
Center III to Kitgum General Hospital was taken irregularly by the district COVID-19
taskforce without any officially communicating to them.
Banya, however, notes that despite the resumption of medical outreaches, the
staffs won’t be utilizing the health centre premises since it is still gazetted
as a quarantine centre.
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William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner and chairperson
district COVID-19 taskforce notes that decision undertaken to turn the health centre
into a quarantine followed an assessment conducted.
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Pandwong Health Center III has eight health workers with a total record of
1,800 monthly patient’s attendance and four deliveries weekly. It offers a wide
range of medical services including immunization, antenatal and postnatal care,
deliveries and health education.