Regional CHF coordinator, Francis Lutalala said the government has increased health funding leading to availability of equipment, improved facilities like dispensaries, health centres and hospitals.
“The government has also employed more health workers and experts, improved provision of health services and public health,” he said adding that construction of new hospitals and other facilities is a good gesture.
Lutalala said the improved community health fund has helped reduce the burden on treatment to the residents, most of whom can hardly afford cash payment when seeking health services.
He said since introduction of CHF and later improved CHF, the public contribution on health services has increased greatly from just getting services only in village health facilities where they registered to getting services at any facility in the region.
He added that the aim of the fund was to help save residents from travelling too far to seek treatment. The region is geared to achieve 100 percent availability of essential medicine, thanks to the regional Prime Vendor System (PVS) which has seen the services improve in the last three years, the regional authority has observed.
The system is a unique public private partnership (PPP) with the objective to supplement medicines supplies of Medical Store Department (MSD) with supplies from a single vendor in a pooled regional approach.
Availability of drugs and medical equipment in the region has increased from 73.8 percent in 2017, 85.3 percent in 2017 and 90.4 percent in 2018, making it one of the leading regions in the country.
Through the contract, health facilities order missed items from the vendor through councils and there are ten standards operating procedures governing the system.
The system is coordinated by regional coordination office which is responsible to ensure that the system delivers the intended objectives.
The move aims at ensuring availability and equitable access to health commodities at health facilities throughout the region by bridging the medicine and medical supplies gap.
As opposed to multiple suppliers system where public health facilities purchase their requirements when they are out of stock or insufficiently supplied by the Medical Stores Department (MSD), now they get from contracted vendor.
The system initiated in October 2014 offering a two year contract to a selected vendor in a scheme that compliments MSD and does not replace the national organisation has shown positive results.