The Ministry of Health in partnership with district administrations is currently undertaking its routine drive to inspect all health service providers and facilities in the country.
The inspection that started at the beginning of this month will see each district carry out a survey on the status of its health facilities and give a report to the ministry.
According to the State Minister for Health and Primary Healthcare, Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi, the inspection aims at ensuring that all medics working in health institutions have the necessary requirements and acceptable facilities as stipulated in the law.
This is a commendable drive because the health sector requires close monitoring to ensure that it is not infiltrated by unqualified health practitioners. The challenge of fake health care providers still poses a big threat to the gains so far achieved in health. To ensure quality service in the sector, such drives are important.
In the past, we have seen some facilities closed over operating illegally while some health practitioners have also been apprehended for operating illegally.
The current drive has potential to ensure that such vices are completely stamped out of the country. The reports from the districts will also help the Ministry to plan accordingly, and address the challenges based on research and evidence.
District leaders should work closely with the Ministry to ensure that the health facilities in their respective districts meet the required standards.
A vibrant health sector is a must if the country is to achieve the target of a middle income status by 2020.
A healthy population means that the level of production will go up and hence national goals will be easily achieved. A sick health system is a stumbling block to national development. Let us support the ministry of health in ensuring that the health sector achieves its objectives while at the same time consolidating the achievements in the sector.