MURAMVYA /GITEGA January 12th (ABP) – The Minister of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS, Dr Sylvie Nzeyimana, together with key officials of her ministry, organized on Tuesday, January 10, visits to the Muramvya and Gitega in order to inquire about the grievances of the people.
In Muramvya province, the meeting took place in the Maranathan hall based at the headquarters of Muramvya province (Center-West). By introducing the exchanges, the Minister of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS indicated that the objective is to meet people on the field as recommended by the Head of State of Burundi, to exchange with the people and, if possible, to find remedies to their grievances.
In his opening remarks, the governor of Muramvya province, Diomède Nzabimana, said that peace and security are in good shape and that the health services are doing well on the field. Health infrastructures are put in place or rehabilitated while equipment and personnel are available, he said. He commended the fact that communal public hospitals are found in the five communes of Muramvya province where two of them have already had the ministerial ordinance. The governor of the Muramvya province pointed out that the province is doing everything to maintain the place of choice in the fight against Covid-19 and to enforce the barrier measures.
Among the grievances submitted to the Minister of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS are the lack of water and electricity at the Giko mother-health community hospital, electricity at the level of the communal hospital of Bukeye as well as the need for laboratory personnel. People also asked her to officially open the Mbuye commune hospital, and to make available the access road to the Kirama health center, which is also in need of drinking water.
Complaints from users of the public service mutual fund who are not at all satisfied with the quality of the services provided by that State employee mutual fund, have also reached her.
Thus, the Minister responsible for public health, the directors general and the director of the provincial health office, each in their own field of action, gave satisfactory answers.
Note that at the end of her trip to Muramvya province, Minister Sylvie Nzeyimana congratulated that province, which stands out in the field of people’s health and mobilized health officials to ensure the strengthening of good governance.
In Gitega province, officials of health facilities have raised several concerns that haunt the sector in their province. These include insufficient personnel, vehicles, equipment and drugs, lack of on-the-job training for some employees, economic embezzlement in some health facilities, shortcomings related to the evaluation- quality in health centers, the lack of information on the change of certain medical protocols, the issue of salary policy, the lack of equipment in certain hospitals and health facilities, to name but a few.
The Minister of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS has, for that purpose, given guidelines to those concerns followed by the complements of the senior executives of the ministry specialized in each field, and promised the follow-up. She promised them that she will do everything to find solutions to those concerns.
Minister Nzeyimana called on health professionals in Gitega to have a love of labor, to respect working hours, to collaborate well in order to improve services and ensure the people’s welfare. She also called on them to avoid posting any problems they encounter in the workplace on social media, but to approach their line managers to find solutions.