UNICEF Supports Ntungamo To Train VHTs
By Anthony Kushaba
Ntungamo district with support from UNICEF has embarked on conducting training for Village health teams VHTs on COVID-19 pandemic.
The district targets to train all the 1947 VHTs in the district who are implementing the program of treating childhood illnesses at community levels like malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea (ICCM program).
According to Nesterio Twesigye the Ntungamo district health educator the training will be conducted in all the 41 health facilities in the district by health workers with experience and skills for engaging VHTs.
He adds that the main objective of the training is to equip VHTs who manage common childhood illnesses at the community level with information about COVID 19 so as to strengthen the district health system to carry out social mobilization, sensitization, and surveillance for the pandemic at the grassroots level.
The trained VHTs will be able to attend to the sick children with confidence since they have the skills of putting in place the standard operating procedures like ensuring social distancing, hand washing with soap and running water, and wearing a face mask.
They will finally help to detect any suspected cases of COVID-19 at the community level and report in time to the health facilities.
The training which started on 8/7/2020 will have been conducted in all the 41 health units in the district by the end of 10/7/2020.