Mark Meassick the USAID deputy Mission director (right) and Gilbert Kamanga the World Vision Uganda National Director (left) cut the tape at the opening of the Masaka police Health centre III
World Vision refurbishes Masaka Police Health Centre III
By Agnes Kabaikya
The USAID Deputy Mission Director Mark Meassick has appealed to all uniformed men and women in the police force to protect their lives and those of their family members from HIV/AIDS Infection.
While officiating at the official hand over of a renovated and equipped Masaka Police Health Centre III, Mark noted that in their noble service of protecting lives of Ugandans, police men and women are transferred from one place to another and often times they never relocate with their family members.
The Health Centre that was constructed by USAID through World Vision Supporting Public Sector Workplaces to Expand Action and Responses against HIV/AIDs (SPEAR) Project.
The health centre has an operating theatre, a labour ward, a laboratory and an outpatient wing. Run by a team of four staff, the centre receives about 25,000 patients a month on average about 84 patients a day. Patients include police personnel, their families and the community around.
Health services offered at the Health Centre include safe male circumcision, theater services, family planning, safe delivery services for mothers, PMTCT, TB Screening, HIV/AIDs Testing and Counseling and a maternal child clinic. The Project also started income generating activities for police wives and police women.
SPEAR Project has for the last 6 years implemented HIV prevention programmes among the uniformed police and prison forces access comprehensive sexual and prevention services.
Spread to over 70 districts, the project has supported over 2,000 work place-based health education programmes for the most at risk uniformed forces share experiences and come up with solutions to curb the HIV spread.
To date the project has renovated and equipped 10 health centres spread country wide. They include among others Arua Police Health Centre, Jinja Police Health Centre, Kibuli Health Centre Gulu Police, Mbale Police and Nagulu Health Centre.