Jennifer Acan, a VHT member from Lungai village says that several public places including markets are not observing the standard operating procedures and as VHTs they are supposed to go and sensitize people in such places but can’t easily do so due to lack of PPEs.
LCI Chairpersons and Village Health Teams in Anaka town
council in Nwoya district have decried the lack of personal protective equipment needed for protection from contracting the COVID-19.
The chairpersons and VHTs claim they are not being given
personal protective equipment such as gloves, face masks, sanitizers among
others to protect them from contracting the contagion when they move in their
respective communities sensitizing and attending to suspects.
Saidi Owot, the LCI chairperson of Kal ward says they last received
PPEs including sanitizers and face masks in the first lockdown from the district
He says the lack of PPEs has frustrated many of them because of the
risk of contracting the contagion and subsequent spread into their families.
William Ocan, the LCI
chairperson of Lungai ward says that they feel neglected especially by the
district task force as far as the fight against the contagion is concerned.
that besides the lack of PPEs, they have also not received any monetary
appreciation despite the district getting millions of monies from the Ministry
of Health to assist the sensitization and subsequent fight against the contagion.
Jennifer Acan, a VHT member from Lungai village says that several
public places including markets are not observing the standard operating procedures
and as VHTs they are supposed to go and sensitize people in such places but can’t
easily do so due to lack of PPEs.
Geoffrey Axuma, the district information officer, says the district
doesn’t have any specific budget to buy the PPEs but rather relies on donations
Axuma observes that they are also yet to receive the 150 million
shillings from the ministry of health.
//Cue in: “wan ma calo
Cue out … should be patient”//
On 19th July this year, Nwoya district tested 42
people and 4 turned out positive. Cumulatively the district has tested a total
of 1,607 cases registering three deaths ever since COVID-19 was confirmed in the
country last year.