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Rubirizi VHTs Reject UGX 50,000 For COVID-19 Allowance

Alice Tuhiriirwe, a VHT from Kicwamba village in Katerera, says that they were promised Shillings 150,000 but they sent them Shillings 50,000 without any explanation.
More than 600 members of Village Health Teams-VHTs in Rubirizi district have rejected the Shillings 50,000 paid out as COVID-19 allowance for July. 

Rubirizi district received and approved a supplementary budget of Shillings 267 Million from the Ministry of Health to support the COVI-19 fight in the communities.

 

The district allocated VHTs Shillings 87.9 million and tasked them to sensitize, mobilize, monitor and report COVID-19 cases in their respective villages. 

There are 293 villages. Each village was supposed to receive Shillings 300,000 for three months to be shared amongst the number of VHTs.     

However, to the surprises of VHTs, each village received Shillings 50,000 for July instead of Shillings 100,000. 

Alice Tuhiriirwe, a VHT from Kicwamba village in Katerera, says that they were promised Shillings 150,000 but they sent them Shillings 50,000 without any explanation.

//Cue in: “ekiri kutushasha nekintu…      

Cue out: …bazitemireho kuzikozesa kii.”//  

Sofia Musiime, a VHT from Rwandara Village, says that they would happily serve as volunteers instead of being duped.

//Cue in: “ititwe nitukora volunteer…        

Cue out: ….”tukabura kwikirizana nabo//. 

 

Deo Ndyajunwa, a VHT from Nagara, says that the president in his address promised the VHTs 300,000 per month but the district changed the guidelines to Shillings 150,00 and has gone ahead to further, reduce it to 50,000 without any explanation.

Harriet Nakamya, the Rubirizi Resident District Commissioner has called for calm from the VHTs, saying that they should share the available money equally.

//Cue in: “bagambye babawade emitwaro….        

Cue out: …bagenda bajjako bwebatyo,”//.

The Rubirizi District Health Officer, Kisethete Tibenda refused to comment on the matter.

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