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This is one of the cohesive functional units in the council whose primary purpose is to improve health. It is mandated to ensure that health and social welfare interventions are conducted within the overall framework of national policies, guidelines, set standards and within the context of health sector role by provision of preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative interventions through a combination of public health actions and pyramid of health care facilities that deliver personal health care- by both state and non-state actors.
This department structurally is made up of a group of health workers (CHMT), primary health care facilities which includes health centers, dispensaries and community volunteers (CHWs). CHMT is a team of health workers with different professional discipline working together to provide health care services to individuals and families in communities within the council. The team therefore works together to oversee the implementation of health care activities towards achieving better health of the people within the area of jurisdiction of the council.
This team is collectively made up of governance and technical members working in the district office and is headed by the District Medical Officer equipped with public health management skills, and enables him to effectively manage promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative health care services in the district
The governance members include;
District Medical Officer
District Nursing Officer
District Health Officer
District Health Secretary
District Lab. Technologist
District Dental Officer.
District Social Welfare Officer.
The technical members include;
Objectives of the Department
In order to achieve the set goal of improved access, quality and efficiency health service delivery the department works in a structured framework of six health system building blocks which includes ; service delivery, Human resource for health, health information systems, accessibility to essential medicine, health financing , governance and leadership.
Therefore the department focuses to ensure that the six core components (Building block) are met which includes.
Specific Objective of the Department
Specifically set objectives are expected to be attained through strategies, which will ensure realization of the following health service goals:
Reduce morbidity and mortality in order to increase the lifespan of all by providing quality health care.
Ensure that basic health services are available and accessible.
Prevent and control communicable and non- communicable diseases
Sensitize the citizens about the preventable diseases
Create awareness to individual citizen on his/her responsibility on his/her health and health of the family
Improve partnership between public sector, private sector, religious institutions, civil society and community in provision of health services
Plan, train, and increase the number of competent health staff
Identify and maintain the infrastructures and medical equipment
Review and evaluate health policy, guidelines, laws and standards for provision of health services
Responsible for developing and fostering in the participatory manner the organization’s vision and mission statements.
Ensure effective top-down and bottom-up communication at all levels within the facility.
Ensure proper allocation of resources for quality improvement through investment of time, funds and education.
Responsible for training of health staff.
Conducting situation analysis before implementation of QI approach.
Conducting periodical monitoring and provide technical advice different levels.
Conducting internal verification for recognition against given standards.
Producing Progress report bi-annually and share with RHMT/MoHCDGEC.
The department has made progress and is on track to achieving numerous set targets.
The department has invested in renovation and construction of health facilities, hence therefore, has managed to increase the number of health facilities from 16 of year 2013 to 23 by Dec 2016.
In the year 2015 the council was recognized and awarded a trophy of honour by the region for offering quality health care services.
Increased number of CTC sites from4 to 8 by Dec 2016 has contributed to reduction of HIV prevalence from 6.1% of year 2013 to 4.0% by Dec 2016.
By Dec 2016 the council had managed to enroll 17,028 clients on care among which 8,439 were initiated on ART.
Scaling up of PMTCT sites from 16 of year 2013 to 23 by Dec 2016 has resulted to reduction of HIV prevalence among pregnant mothers from 5.2% to 3.2%.
Through regular community sensitization on male involvement in RCH services it has resulted to a dramatic increase in male involvement from 46% of 2013 to 92% of Dec 2016.
Various monitoring and evaluation reports particularly the data generated from DHIS2 shows that;
Immunization coverage especially Penta 3 has increased from 79% to 98% by Dec 2016.
Family planning uptake increased from 16 of year 2013 to 44% by Dec 2016.
The department managed to;
Install Electronic data bases to 5 sites (Lunguya, Segese, Bugarama, Chela and Isaka).
5 health facilities (Lunguya, Segese, Isaka, Chela and Bugarama ) equipped with Pima machines for CD4 testing.
CEmOC services provided at 1 health Centre (Lunguya), and other two health facilities are on verge of starting these services.
There is availability of tracer medicine by more than 95%.
All the facilities within the council are rated by 1 or more star by RBF star rating system.
More than 95% of health facilities within the council are installed with solar panel as a source of power.
All the health facilities are easily accessible.