To alleviate the disease load in the Busoga Sub-region, at least 168 community health workers (CHEWs) from Mayuge District have been dispatched to 84 parishes to work under the supervision of village health teams (VHTS).
The program is part of a $500,000 (approximately Shs2b) pilot project that educated 300 CHEWs, including 132 in Lira District, according to Dr. Richard Kabanda, the commissioner of health services in charge of health promotion, education, and communication.
This follows the Ministry of Health's 2015 study of VHTs, which revealed severe health gaps.
As a result, the intervention aims to provide better-trained workers to educate the community on health issues and promote disease prevention techniques.
Dr. Kabanda went on to say that Mayuge was chosen since it already has a lot of community health partners.
"As a department, we were directed to pilot the plan, and the Ministry (of Health) and USAID provided the resources to do so through their Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services (RHITES) programs," he explained.
Indicators of importance
The baseline study, according to Dr. Kabanda, focused on critical variables such as antenatal care visits in health institutions, maternal and child mortality, and pit-latrine coverage. He went on to say that the Ministry of Health would conduct surveys to track success.
"We anticipate better-educated communities on health problems, lower maternal child mortality, empowered communities, lower attendance at avoidable illness health facilities, and greater attendance at antenatal care," Dr. Kabanda said.
He also stated that the CHEWs will supervise the VHTs and guarantee that communities are effectively educated on health issues, receive early referrals, and are linked to the health system on time.
Dr. Kabanda stated that each CHEW will receive a monthly salary of Shs150,000 from the government, after which the payment will be transferred to their respective districts.
The idea, according to Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary of the Health Ministry, will revolutionize healthcare.
"We want to see a decline in malaria cases, increased usage of mosquito nets, and routine examination of vaccination cards and paperwork. If we do it correctly, it will serve as a springboard for implementing our plan within the communities. We can defeat the majority of diseases if we focus on prevention at the household level," she stated.
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