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Village Health Teams to Receive Motivational Allowance

Village Health Teams To Receive Motivational Allowance

The Ministry of Health has revealed plans to prioritize motivational allowances of community health workers known as Village Health Teams (VHTs).

Apparently, it is the only way to improve the lower level indicators of health services across the country.

Reports say the negotiations are still ongoing at the ministerial level to arrange a structure that receives the VHTs monthly pay appropriated by parliament.

The Ministry has embarked on bringing VHTs into the health space and training them with skills. This is because the government is phasing out Health Center IIs in the country, according to Dr. Upenthyo George Dugum.

He noted that the ministry is digitizing all major hospitals from paper mode to improve data capturing, reporting, and Utilization. This will be by both district and ministry of health through health management information systems.

He also handed over 300 smartphones for VHTs and 8 tabs for health assistants procured by the ministry. It had support from implementing partners funded by Rockefeller Foundation and administered by UNICEF.

Twesigye Nesterio, a focal person for Village Health Teams noted that signing of MOU with IPs will ease the work of the VHTs under ICCM.

He specifically implied those in the selected sub-counties of Itojo, Rugarama, and Rukoni West among other town councils.

The acting DHO Katusiime Hope hailed the implementing partners for considering Ntugamo district to implement ICCM. It will benefit two VHTs per village.

The assistant CAO Kiiza Federis acknowledged the work of VHTs in implementing sustainable development goal number 3.

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