William Onyai, the Gulu District Health Educator says the Village Taskforces Chaired by Village Chairpersons became dormant towards the end of last year when the rate of infections went down and that they have been revived late last week to monitor the COVID -19 patients reviving treatment from home.
Gulu District has revived the Village COVID -19 Taskforces to help
monitor patients under home-based care. The intervention comes after the
patients under home-based care were found to be flouting the guidelines.
William Onyai, the Gulu District Health Educator says the Village Taskforces
Chaired by Village Chairpersons became dormant towards the end of last year
when the rate of infections went down.
He says with the funding from World Health Organization through African Medical
and Research Foundation –AMREF, all the Village Health Team –VHTs were trained
on their safety as they monitor the patients and that VHTs shall be secretaries
to the chairpersons of the Taskforces.
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According to Onyai, as the Village Taskforces monitor the patients, the health
workers shall also be in touch with them through phone calls as required under
the home-based care guidelines so that in case some of their conditions worsen,
they are referred to the hospitals for further management.
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Gulu District initially had a total of 476 COVID -19 patients under home-based
care but currently has 383 patients after 93 were discharged upon recovery.
Dr James Elima, the Gulu Regional Referral Hospital Director says
they held a meeting with the Gulu District Health Department where they
resolved that the patients under home-based care be linked to the nearest health
facilities for care.
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Elima appealed to the patients under home-based care to avoid
unnecessary movements since such acts spread the virus to the community and
that they should keep in touch with the VHTs so that in case their conditions
worsen, they are referred to the Regional Referral Hospital for specialized
Echotu, a VHT attached to Laroo Health Center III in Gulu City told URN in an
interview that they started work by sensitizing the community against
stigmatizing the patients under home-based care and that they are also
monitoring them to ensure that they don't move outside their homes before they
are confirmed to have recovered.