THE Ministry of Health (MOH) recently has launched a special health outreach programmes to bring specialised health services to the Semonkong community in the Maseru district, particularly the vulnerable who could not afford such services.
The outreach programmes are set to be conducted on a quarterly basis.
District Health Manager, Dr Makhoase Ranyali recently told the Sunday Express that Maseru, like other districts, contained rural areas which were very remote from services forcing the public to travel long distances to access health services while some simply threw in the towel and succumbed to their illnesses.
Dr Ranyali further said they had also realised that even those who went for checkup did not always access the wide range of services their outreach programme offered.
She said most outreach programmes were conducted by nurses and focused mainly on diabetes, hypertension, HIV testing and counselling and sexual reproductive health.
“We then decided to come up with this special outreach programme which is going to be continuous as way to bring services to the people who need help,” Dr Ranyali said.
“We have brought on board different specialist doctors such as eye, oral, head and cancer specialists because patients with these diseases were not being reached.”
Dr Ranyali said they would return to the drawing board to plan a new schedule of outreach programmes on a quarterly basis to give the doctors a chance to also effectively carry out their duties at their work stations.