There has been a general improvement in quality of life among the population served; the increase in the number of staff members in all health facilities has added tremendous value to health services, and the establishment of the Health Clinic at the Reception Centre has reduced overcrowding at Panyadoli Health Centres II and III. Because of these factors, the health facility utilization rate has increased, with changed health seeking behaviors among refugees.
During the reporting period, continued efforts were made to ensure that drugs were locally procured for patients with illnesses for which drugs were not available in the stores. Other services like ultrasound examinations and therapy and x-ray services were provided; these services are not readily available at either Kiryandongo Hospital or Gulu Hospital, which are the nearest referral points. However, these services were made available by supporting patients financially to access such services at the offices of private medical practitioners.
Availability of skilled midwives has increased ANC services at both health facilities; overall, mothers are now seeing hope in delivering at a health facility instead of at home. Women are increasingly choosing to deliver at the health centers, which has added greatly to safe motherhood in the community.
The Panyadoli Health Centres, located in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement near Bweyale, Uganda, provide healthcare services to over 100,000 refugees from Kenya, South Sudan, DR Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda, as well as members of the host community.
20,330 patients were treated during the fourth quarter of 2016
Gift Ann Khanakwa spent three days at Panyadoli Health Centre III. She had diarrhea, a fever, and she was vomiting. Ann was brought to the facility with a low appetite, and she could not breastfeed properly. She was diagnosed with malnutrition after showing signs of swelling. Ann was put on outpatient therapeutic treatment and Plumpy Nut (RUTF – Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food). After being given IV Quinine, IV Expense, and IV Setragon, Ann started regaining her appetite so that she could eat something.
Bridget Katusabe was brought to the health center with a swollen body, fever, and vomiting. Bridget is a national from Bweyale. She was diagnosed with severe malaria. After the diagnosis, Bridget was immediately put on treatment by the doctor: IV Artesunate 60 mg 12 hourly for three doses, IV Gentamicin, Diclofenac injection. After a given period of time, she showed great improvement. Through RMF’s VHT system, cases like Bridget’s have been handled and hope has been restored to families.