INTERVIEW: FORMER MINISTER OF HEALTH (MOH)
It is 10:45 in the morning through the phone with Dr. Mlewa.
EVA: Hello, Good morning.
Dr.Mlewa: Good morning, how are you?
Eva: I am very fine and how is work in the new environment?
Dr. Mlewa: Honestly it’s somewhat challenging because it’s a new area for me but hopefully I will cope with the situation and put my effort on the ground.
Eva: O.K. glad to have this opportunity to share with you on our ongoing mHealth project in the entire Kilifi District. If you don’t mind can you please start by telling me more of your background?
Dr. Mlewa: Alright. To start with I am a married man with 2 children and a beautiful wife. I am a graduate in medicine and I have substantial experience in medicine and in public health. I was the Minister of health in Kilifi district but am now transferred in Lamu District. My work has not changed; I am still doing the same work that I used to do in Killifi, but this time I have to put more effort in reinforcing good health in the communities at large.
Eva: That’s wonderful, and to add on, what role do you play as the MOH?
Dr.Mlewa: I am responsible for coordinating all the activities that are supposed to be conducted in the district, including training, workshops, and outreach in the communities. I also do assessment of all the activities conducted in the region. I make calls to all the facilities in the district and arrange meetings with the heads of departments to see our way forward. I am also entitled to attend meetings and represent the District on the National level. Lastly, I do supervision quarterly in all the facilities in the entire district.
Eva: Oh my, that’s challenging and great work. More over, what role do you play in the mHealth project?
Dr.Mlewa : I am mainly responsible for coordinating all the training activities, prevention and healthcare of disease and assessment of current projects. Initially you have piloted the mHealth project in Ganze District; my team and I do not yet know if you will implement the project in the entire District. The project is really doing well as we have seen the impacts so far and these indicate a positive pathway. Honestly you are doing a good job.
Eva: Thank you so much and God bless you. We are looking forward to expand our projects because all we want is to see that the entire community benefits and improve the health care of the communities at large.
Dr. Mlewa: That’s wonderful and will keep up the spirit of reliable and efficient healthcare.
Eva: If you don’t mind can you please tell me something about a day in your life.
Dr. Mlewa: Great, my day starts at 6:00 in the morning and I take my breakfast as it has already been prepared by my beautiful wife. At 7:30 I am off to my office. I check my planner to see if I have any appointments. I Get briefs from the head of departments who give me some information concerning the day’s meetings. I make calls to officers to come for the meetings scheduled, and also am entitled to make calls to some of the facilities. Most of the days are spent outside in the workshops, seminars, meetings, and sometimes outreaches. I am sometimes unable to leave the office before 9:00pm because of the workload.
Eva: wow……that’s amazing but challenging too. Alright then it was nice talking to you. Thank you so much for your time and I wish you well in the new District, Lamu.
Dr.Mlewa: you are always welcome, good day.
Eva: Good day, thank you so much.