Mokhotlong – Provision of quality health services requires increased participation of all community stakeholders and decentralisation of services to pave way for easy accessibility and development.
This was said by Ministry of Health Director General Health Services, Dr. ‘Nyane Letsie during Mokhotlong Stakeholders’ Forum for technical officers to develop a district plan on maternal and paternal health.
Dr. Letsie said Mokhotlong was considered to be one of the best performing districts in general health issues, but recently ranked at the bottom countrywide due to factors such as poor child care and protection, high rate of malnutrition and stunting.
She said that brings about a challenge which requires collective efforts, saying Community councillors, Area chiefs and as well as Village Health Workers are the first line of service delivery at grassroots level, hence the decision to engage a bottom up approach which need them to develop district plans while the Ministry will add value with provision of resources.
A Community councillor Mrs. Manthethe Ntsiki said most people in rural settlements are reluctant to disclose their health status while others still rely on traditional healers, saying that sometimes renders district efforts futile, and as a result more awareness campaigns are still needed.
The District Administrator Mr. Molefe Mpesi commended the Ministry for its approach, saying that will make community to feel a sense of ownership about district health issues, while a representative of Tlokoeng Principal Chief Mr. Mats’ohlo Sekonyela said the meeting has served as an eye opener, and they are now clear about the roles to play on child protection and promotion of good health.
Invited guests included representatives of international organisations and other partners in health such as Jhpiego, Lesotho Highlands Development Authority and Sentebale.