Kitgum District Surveillance Focal Point Person Simon Knox Okongo says that the training was aimed at easing follow up of COVID-19 patients within the community which are sometimes not easily and frequently accessed by health workers.
A total of 1,671 Village Health
Teams (VHTs) in Kitgum District have received training on monitoring COVID-19
patients undergoing home-based care and isolation. The VHTs selected from all the
villages in the district were trained by health experts from the district
health department with support from the World Health Organization (WHO).
District Surveillance Focal Point Person Simon Knox Okongo says that the training was aimed at easing
follow up of COVID-19 patients within the community which are sometimes not
easily and frequently accessed by health workers.
Okongo notes that shortage of health
workers have made it impossible in some instances for health workers to
effectively follow up covid-19 patients in home-based care adding that with the
training, VHTs will be best suited.
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He says the VHTs who have now
received reporting tools from the World Health Organization through AMREF will
be expected to make weekly reports on the COVID-19 situation in their areas. Okongo says that the reporting tool will allow the VHTs to record details of patients, their
location, days spent in isolation, and status of their health which is sent to
the head of VHTs in sub-county, the Sub-county health assistant before it reaches
district health officials.
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According to Okongo, the weekly
reports made by the VHTs will help the COVID-19 surveillance team in tracking
how many COVID-19 patients are undergoing isolation from home adding that it
will ease the work of the case management teams.
Last week, health officials raised
concern that the numbers of people turning up for testing in three designated
health facilities in the district had significantly reduced, making it
impossible to understand the COVID-19 spread trends. The health facilities
are Kitgum General Hospital, St Joseph’s Hospital, and Namokora Health Center
IV where testing had fallen below the expected 80 persons daily.
Okongo however says more health
facilities have now been permitted to conduct covid-19 tests in the district.
the facilities include Omiya Anyima Health Center III, Akuna Laber Health
Center III, Kitgum Matidi Health Center III, Pajimo Health Center III, Loborom
Health Center III, and Bregma medical centre.
By last week a total of 25 patients were
undergoing home-based care treatment within Kitgum District. at least 75
patients have been discharged from Home-based care treatment since the start of
the second wave of covid-19 in Kitgum District. Statistics from the District
Health department shows a total of 383 people tested positive for covid-19 out
of 2,959 tests conducted since its outbreak in March last year.