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Residents Task Leaders in Iganga on Accountability of Donor Funded Projects

Residents note that distribution of anti-malarial drugs is facilitated through a grant from donors but some patients are instead tasked to purchase drugs under the watch of leaders who rarely supervise the progress of these projects.

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Residents from the sub-counties of Nakalama and Namungalwe in Iganga district have asked political leaders to account for donor investment in the health sector. 

They say that distribution of anti-malarial drugs is facilitated through a grant from donors but some patients are instead tasked to purchase drugs under the watch of leaders who rarely supervise the progress of these projects. 

This was echoed during a review meeting to discuss the findings of the representatives from Nordic countries who earlier this week visited different health facilities with an aim of inspecting the progress of projects funded by their governments.

The Sunday morning meeting held the Iganga district headquarters attracted selected beneficiaries of the donor-funded projects and politicians, the district health officer, and some representatives from Nordic countries. 

Zabina Namuwaya, a village health team-VHT member in Namungalwe says that health centres normally distribute free anti-malarial drugs during the first week of the month.

 

“Patients seeking malaria treatment towards the end of month claim that they are told to purchase anti-malaria drugs from neighbouring pharmacies yet such drugs are always available,” she says. 

Susan Kabaala, a resident of Mwendanfuuko village says that pregnant mothers are tasked to purchase eight pairs of gloves per birth which is costly to some mothers who resort to seek aid of traditional birth attendants.

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James Mugaya, a VHT member in Namunkanaga village says that the selective distribution of essential drugs like ARVS and anti-malarial has irked residents who have resorted to private health facilities. 

He says that there should be proper accountability of drug usage and cases of stock-outs addressed to patients through VHTs.

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David Muwanguzi, the Iganga district health officer says that health inspectors make monthly reports concerning the progress of donor-funded projects and their findings indicate that, frequent drug stock-outs result from the ever-increasing patient numbers attended to on a weekly basis. 

Karen Allemann, a member of the Danish parliament who led the delegation has affirmed their commitment to undertake thorough reviews aimed at convincing their governments to add more financial support towards aiding disadvantaged communities  attain proper health care.

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