NTUNGAMO– 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 1,947 VHTs in the district who are implementing the program of treating childhood illnesses at community level 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 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 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 community level and report in time to the health facilities.
The training sessions 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.
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