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Amuru Integrates VHTs in Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic

George Ocan, the District Secretary for Health disclosed that they have proposed activation of the work of the village structures and intensify surveillance and risk communication interventions to strengthen coordination.
29 Jul 2021 18:01

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Amuru District Task Force has integrated the services of Village Health Teams and Health Information Assistants in the fight against covid-19.

According to the Task Force activity work plan, the services of village health teams and village health information assistants are crucial in curtailing the transmission of the virus.

Last week, the government released a COVID-19 supplementary budget of 231 million shillings to the district.

According to the budget breakdown, 81 million shillings has been allocated to facilitate the activities of the Village Health Teams – VHTs and Health Information Assistants; inland travels and surveillance 70 million, Task Force activities 37.5 million, vehicle maintenance 22.5 million and risk communication 20 million.

George Ocan, the District Secretary for Health disclosed that they have proposed activation of the work of the village structures and intensify surveillance and risk communication interventions to strengthen coordination. 

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Ocan also says that their strategy also aims at strengthening adherence to home-based care services.

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The District Health Officer, Dr Patrick Odong Olwedo who doubles as the Secretary to the Task Force said their cardinal aim is to sustainably flatten the epidemiological curve of COVID-19 community infections.

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Dr Olwedo disclosed that currently as of Wednesday, though Amuru has not registered a significant deaths toll, 78 COVID-19 patients were undergoing home-based care across the 13 Sub-Counties in the District.

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Geoffrey Osborn Oceng, the District Task Force Chairperson says being a border district that handles international cross border trade at the Elegu, Uganda-South Sudan border, Amuru is required to high vigilance against the pandemic.

He said in 2020 when the pandemic ravaged the country, Amuru became an epitome of infections recording over 35,000 cases of the virus that was caused by the influx of long-distance cargo truck drivers delivering goods to neighbouring South Sudan.

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