Village Covid-19 task forces to implement the new community engagement strategy for the pandemic  

The Community Engagement Strategy for COVID-19 if well implemented with The Village task forces and partners will be a major milestone for Ministry of Health and will manage the pandemic.

Village Covid-19 task forces to implement the new community engagement strategy for the pandemic   
Prime Minister Right Honorable Ruhakana Rugunda (middle) with implementing partners of the COVID-19 community engagement straegy.

Following the launch of the National Community Engagement Strategy (CES) for COVID-19 response on October 20, 2020, Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda Red Cross, Local Government and other partners have rolled out the creation of Village Covid 19 Taskforces as part of the implementation of the Community Engagement Strategy to fight the pandemic.

The strategy is aimed at strengthening the health systems in Uganda and institutionalizing the Intersectoral Collaboration and the Whole of Society approach.

The strategy also seeks to ensure that all people in Uganda are aware, empowered and actively participating in the prevention and control of the outbreak of COVID-19 as both a duty and a right; using existing structures, systems and resources. It comes as the country is dealing with the Phase IV of the pandemic.

During the rollout of the task forces at Office of The Prime Minister, The Prime Minister of Uganda Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said that government has decided to urgently roll out the village COVID-19 task forces to mitigate the impact of community spread of COVID-19 in the ongoing political season.

“The community engagement strategy states that village COVID-19 task force should be established in every village in Uganda to support the national response strategy. The ministry of health has also been tasked to liaise with the ministry of finance on financing of this strategy” he said

The Secretary General of the Uganda Red Cross, Robert Kwesiga said that at the rate at which the infection is now in Uganda, there is need to supplement government in concerted efforts geared toward proving technical knowledge, financial and human resources to be able to manage the pandemic.

He added that the community engagement strategy will go a long way in contributing to the fight against the pandemic with the local authorities.

“Uganda Red Cross has a special relationship with government we have been involved in saving lives as an auxiliary institution through boarder screening, ambulance services, communication, and community engagement” he said

The Community Engagement Strategy which is chaired by Prof. Francis Omaswa is supported by different government ministries and development partners including Uganda Red Cross Society among others.

The State Minister for primary health care Moricu Kaducu said that due to the increasing number of the infections of COVID-19, ministry of health has developed a nutrition guideline for the public to use especially during this time of COVID 19.

“The guideline is helpful to the general population on how to have useful diet which is central to keep the immunity system working. We are also emphasising physical activities to keep physically fit.” she said