OBONGI. The former Adjumani district health officer (DHO), Dr George Bhoka has blamed the increasing challenges in Uganda’s health sector on poor political leadership especially in the management of the health system in the country.

While addressing journalists about his 2021 election manifesto in Obongi town on Wednesday, Dr Bhoka also the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party flag bearer for Obongi County in Obongi district said people’s problem is not treating sickness clinically but understanding a strong health system and policy.

“As a health specialist, health is a complete state of wellbeing. It can be political, social, cultural and economic wellbeing in the absence of diseases. For more than ten years of my experience in the management of health care system, I realized that people’s problem is not treating the sick clinically but the way of understanding a strong health system and policy”, Dr. Bhoka said.

He identified some of the factors in building a strong health care system as being good governance, leadership and management, proper planning, budget appropriation, adequate health sector financing, program design, coordination and then service delivery to the people.

Dr Bhoka said the cardinal role of a Member of Parliament in the health sector is to influence public health laws and policies to ensure a sound health system for a better health sector financing by the central government and other development partners.

Obongi HCThe Obongi Health Center IV

According to Mr. Rashid Geria, a resident of Obongi town, essential drugs have continued to miss in the different health centers in Obongi district, an act that is being evidenced by the way health workers refer patients to buy drugs from drug shops and pharmacies.

Similarly, Ms. Rukia Likico a resident of Aliba sub county in Obongi district said she almost lost her daughter when she took her for treatment to one of the health facilities in the district and found no drugs.

Both Geria and Likico are now advocating for budget increment for Uganda’s health sector in order to address the continued shortage of essential drugs in the health facilities across the country.

Bhoka is contesting to unseat Hassan Kaps Fungaroo (FDC) who is on record for successfully mobilizing locals to collect funds which were used to buy an Ambulance for Obongi Health Centre IV as part of his numerous efforts to promote good health service delivery in the district.