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Community Strategy Launched to Combat COVID-19 in Kampala :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Community Strategy Launched to Combat COVID-19 in Kampala

He says that the VHTs will be given strict terms of reference which involves creating village task forces that meet regularly and have to know what happens in their villages on their fingertips.
08 Nov 2020 14:24

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A new approach, the Community Engagement Strategy has been launched to tackle the spread of Covid-19 in Kampala.  

Launching the strategy to Village Health Teams (VHTs) at Komamboga Health Center III on Saturday, Prof. Francis Omaswa who heads the Community Prevention arm of the National COVID-19 task force said they have resolved to reach out to VHTs to form committees that will be paid a monthly allowance. He says that the VHTs will be given strict terms of reference which involves creating village task forces that meet regularly and have to know what happens in their villages on their fingertips. 

Apart from managing the home care arm of COVID-19, he says the teams are expected to have village health registers and can quickly link to care those that test positive for COVID-19 and need to be referred to a health facility. 

Though the strategy has been launched to tackle COVID-19, Omaswa says if it is effectively implemented to the core and they integrate other aspects of general disease prevention and public health, it will move Uganda into better health. 

 Dr Daniel Okello, the Director Public Health at Kampala City Council Authority said the strategy comes in at the time that the city has just surpassed 5,000 total cases of infection and 64 deaths and yet people are increasingly becoming complacent and look to be ignoring the preventive messages from the Ministry of Health. 

He said they are hopeful that making people own the COVID-19 response will make the situation change saying health officials have been often confronted by city dwellers with questions of doubt that COVID-19 is not as serious as is being portrayed. 

He says, according to the new intervention plan, big villages such as Mutungo that has up to 130,000 people will have more VHT taskforces divided up to effectively cover the numbers.

Earlier, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda had revealed that government plans to pay each VHT involved in COVID-19 related work a monthly allowance of Shs100,000.

But, Omaswa says this has been revised and that the allowance will go to the person that heads a particular team of VHTs or head of taskforce.  However, there are several NGOs that are already paying the VHTs that they work within the communities where they operate such as Living Goods International Uganda which gives them an allowance per the given task performed related to disease prevention.

Omaswa says such already existing programs can be integrated into the national programme to have VHTs generally work with the newly established strategy.

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