RUTANA December 2nd (ABP) – The people of the province of Rutana (south-east of the country) have not yet adhered properly to community health mutuals. At least, that is the observation made by the members of the provincial social protection committee during their meeting recently organized to discuss the major social protection project that is universal health coverage, to talk about the state of play of mutual health insurance. community health in the province, their challenges and constraints in order to identify untapped strengths and propose solutions even if it means adopting strategies for take-off.
During that meeting, which was chaired by the governor’s chief of staff, Mrs. Belyne Nahimana, the representative of the national federation of community health mutuals in Burundi (FEMUSCABU), said that all the communes in the province, except Gitanga, have a community health mutual with a membership of 1,118 households providing care for 6,317 people. The situation is so while the population of the province is estimated at 520,731 people. So, the number of beneficiaries of health care through these mutuals is only 1.21%.
By analyzing the causes of that lack of interest, it was said that for the commune of Gitanga, which does not have a mutual, awareness-raising and supervision were not carried out by the members of the provincial committee, who are sponsors. of this commune. That is why all the members of the committee have agreed to concentrate all efforts on that commune so that soon, each family will have its own community health mutual, especially since the nationals of that commune who understand the importance of mutual health organizations that have joined that of Rutana instead of creating their own.
Regarding the challenges, Dr. Bivahagumye said that the hearing health sector faces problems of insufficient equipment, human resources, including few doctors specializing in ENT, no hearing aid acousticians, no speech therapists. He did not fail to point out the existence of a hearing health policy, a health system committed to hearing health, committed care providers as well as the existence of an audiology center since December 2020.
He also indicated that the WHO has drawn up an outline of actions and health policies are called upon to be inspired by them in order to adapt them to local contexts. There is also a need to promote hearing health by the Ministry of Public Health and its partners.