BY DUNCAN MUGISHA
RUBANDA: SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2021
The village health team (VHT) members in Rubanda District have begun receiving their risk allowances for fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
The money was part of the sh340m supplementary budget for health that was passed by the council on the instruction of the ministries of health and local government in June, 2021.
A total of sh190m was allocated to facilitate the VHTs in Rubanda according to the ministerial guideline.
Each village should get sh300,000 for the three VHT members and sh100,000 for the village Task-force to conduct community mobilisation.
The distribution of allowances started with VHTs from Kigyeyo and Nyakabungo wards in Rubanda town council.
Speaking at the function, the Rubanda Resident District Commissioner, Peter Kibondo Rwakifari, who is also the district Chairperson of Covid-19 taskforce asked VHT members to continue monitoring Covid-19 patients under home based care.
He said this is in order to avoid them mixing with the community which would risk the further spread of the pandemic.
Rubanda district by last Thursday had 123 Covid-19 patients under home based care.
The district LC5 Chairperson, Stephen Ampeire Kasyaba, asked the government to consider giving quarterly allowances to facilitate VHTs because they help in coordinating health services at the grassroots.