Kyankwanzi equips VHTs to fight Coronavirus

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Kyankwanzi RDC, Mr David Maxwell Kaboyo hands over an infrared thermometer to the District Health Officer, Dr John Serebe at Kyankwanzi district headquarters on Friday. (Photo: John Kibego)

More than 900 Village Health Team (VHT) members in Kyankwanzi District have been skilled and equipped to sensitise communities about the spread of COVID-19.

Represented by their parish coordinators, the VHTs were handed megaphones to help them keep social distance as they disseminate the information about preventative measures against the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Speaking at a brief function held at Kyankwanzi district headquarters at the weekend, Dr John Serebe, the Kyankwanzi District Health Officer (DHO), applauded World Vision for partnering with the district in the fight against Coronavirus that has viciously pounded several political economies world over.

He said the district authorities will ensure that VHTs are optimally utilised in preventing the spread of coronavirus to the district.

The DHO added that the donation has played a major role in bridging the gap of supplies at health centres in the district.

Dr Serebe on donation
Kyankwanzi District leaders observing social distancing at a meeting at the district headquarters last Friday (Photo: John Kibego).

However, Dr Serebe noted the need for district security leaders to devise mechanisms of controlling inter-district movements to get Kyankwanzi out of the risk of infection.

Dr Serebe on cross district movements

In this second round of response towards the prevention of COVID-19 in Kiboga and Kyankwanzi districts, World Vision has donated a consignment worth shs36, 780,980. The first donation was worth shs25, 954,950.

The batch includes megaphones for communication, infrared thermometers, ordinary and heavy duty gloves and cotton wool.

Ms Robinah Gimbo, World Vision’s Programme Manager for Kyankwanzi and Kiboga districts said the organisation is determined to support government efforts in the fight against COVID-19 in line with their culture of responding to such emergencies.

Ms Gimbo on support

Mr David Maxwell Kaboyo, the Kyankwanzi Resident District Commissioner (RDC) implored the VHTs to focus on hand washing and social distancing during their activities to avoid the infection.

Mr Kaboyo who is also the head of Kyankwanzi district COVID-19 Task Force observed the need for more support especially in the area of sanitisers and infrared thermometers to be placed at all major entry points into the district.

Mr Kaboyo on more support
An assortment of items donated by World Vision to the Kyankwanzi District Covid-19 Task Force (Photo credit: John Kibego)

Mr Robert Serugo, one of the VHTs said the megaphones will extremely help them get to people’s homes since they were wondering how they would reach them amid suspicion of everybody’s infection.

He said now that they have been equipped, they will operate confidently.

World Vision has been providing support in the fight against COVID-19 at national and local government levels in their areas of operation.

Last week, the organisation supported Hoima and Kikuube districts.

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