Government Launches New Strategy For Covid 19 Response
The Government of Uganda under the Leadership of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has launched a new strategy for COVID- 19 prevention to respond to phase IV of the pandemic in the country.
The National Community Engagement Strategy (CES) subcommittees under the Technical Inter-Sectoral Committee for COVID-19 response, was launched on Tuesday by the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, in Kampala.
Speaking at the Launch, Dr. Ruhakana said the CES committee has been merged with the Community Health Committee that was in the process of being established at The Ministry of Health, to come up with the National Community Engagement Strategy
He noted that the full implementation of the CES will institutionalize Integrated People-Centered Primary Health Care in Uganda where the routine governance of the communities is inseparable from the work of incentivized Village Health Teams, Community Development workers, Cultural and Religious leaders, and Civil Society.
“Through this strategy, the Government is handing over the responsibility of fighting COVID-19 to individuals, households, and communities.” He stated.
This strategy will help raise awareness, build trust, enforce the compliance of COVID-19 SOPs, and will also accelerate the achievement of SDGs long after COVID-19.
These village taskforces will each have a community health worker who will superintend over all the activities on a full-time basis.
The health workers selected from the existing Village Health Teams (VHTs), will be paid sh100, 000 monthly as an allowance. They will also be provided with backpacks, thermometers, sanitizers, soap, face masks, gumboots, uniforms, smartphones, umbrellas, and rapid Covid-19 test kits.
The strategy was established following a meeting between the National Taskforce and President Yoweri Museveni on August 28.
The launch was attended by the different development partners, Ministry of Health officials, Government Ministers, and members of the CES sub-committee. The WHO country representative, Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, the CDC country director, and Dr. Lisa Nelson, were also in attendance.