Arua Resident City Commissioner, Alice Akello addressing VHTs and LC1 chairpersons and City officials at the City hall



Arua city village health teams (VHTs) and local Covid-19 task-forces at cell level have finally received the long awaited covid-19 facilitation.

The money is meant to enable the recipients to fasten reporting of the disease incidence, increase surveillance and community mobilisation.

According to the city town clerk the funds delayed due to technical changes in managing large volumes of data, verification and cash as the officials adjusted from running a municipality to City business.

Paul Batanda, Arua city clerk confirmed that although some of the VHTs and LC1s have failed to receive the money due to wrong data submission they are working hard to ensure they all get their share.

“LC1’s and the VHTs have got their money, however there’re challenges, the finance people erroneously gave sh150,000 to the LC1’s in the central Division instead of sh100,000, so, I have directed them to write to the LCs to return the extra sh50,000 to top that of the VHTs,’’ he said.

In Ayivu division, 826 village health team members successfully received sh123,900,000 with only 12 rejects, 407 local council one chairpersons were paid a total of sh41,100,000 while six LC1 chairpersons were not paid due to filing error.

In Arua Central Division 102 VHTs and 50 LC1 chairpersons were paid a total of sh20 million while two people have not been paid.

However in the Central Division, the paymasters erroneously paid LC1 chairpersons more money than VHTs by sh50,000 contrary to the guidelines, money that Batanda has ordered to be returned to the cash office.

The principal health inspector Arua city, Dr Godfrey Apangu revealed that all the VHTs and LC1 chairmen were trained on identifying and reporting diseases of all sorts including Covid-19 and urged them to not only work after seeing money.

The resident city commissioner Alice Akello caution the facilitated officials from laxity and misuse of funds meant for Covid-19 response.

‘’the money has been waited for for very long time but the system now has been modernized to avoid fraud. Now that the LCs and VHTs have received their money, they should use it well to mobilize people.”’

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