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COVID-19: VHTs to Monitor Home-based Care Patients, Oversee Burials in Masaka

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Dr. Nathan Onyachi, the Medical Director of Masaka Regional Referral Hospital and coordinator of health services under the Greater Masaka Regional Covid-19 task force, says that they have agreed to proactively engage village health teams to reinforce the limited number of health workers in providing the much-needed response and case-management services in the area.
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Village Health Teams-VHTs will monitor Coronavirus patients placed under Home-based care and oversee burial arrangements in Masaka Sub-region, according to the Regional Covid-19 task force.

Dr. Nathan Onyachi, the Medical Director of Masaka Regional Referral Hospital and coordinator of health services under the Greater Masaka Regional Covid-19 task force, says that they have agreed to proactively engage village health teams to reinforce the limited number of health workers in providing the much-needed response and case-management services in the area. 

Dr. Onyachi says that although the VHTs were previously used to trace contacts of Covid-19 cases, their services are also required in the actual management of cases within their communities, even with their elementary knowledge in providing healthcare services.  

He explains that they intend to engage VHTs to proactively carryout routine monitoring of Covid-19 patients under home-based care, provide drug refills as well as filing patient progress reports to hospitals for necessary interventions.

According to Dr. Onyaki with a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases, they have found it proper that the available staff at hospitals and health centers dedicate their time to testing and treating patients on admission. The available records show that by Tuesday Masaka regional referral Hospital had 147 Covid-19 patients on home-based care and 11 in Intensive Care Unit-ICU.   

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Cue out; ……kiki ky’olina okukola.”//  

On the other hand, Dr. Onyaki says that they also intend to use the VHTs in overseeing burial of Covid-19 victims in corroboration with their relatives.  In November last year, the Ministry of Health revised the Covid-19 burial protocols and allowed families to begin burying their loved ones who succumb to the virus, after it was established that the risk of contracting the infection from dead bodies can be eliminated by proper use of disinfectants. 

However, Dr. Onyaki says that the task force prefers the whole burial process is still followed to the latter to ensure strict adherence to the safety guidelines.



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Cue out; ….tugenda kubayigiriza.”//

Swaibuh Makumbi, a member of the Village Health Team in Butego ward in Masaka city has asked the task force to carry out strict screening of teams they will deploy to avoid the possibility of onward transmission of the virus. 

According to him, some of the VHTs are not well acquainted with the basic healthcare procedures, saying that task force should identify only those that are more active, take them through refresher training and equip them with protective gears before they are sent out to do the work.  

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