By Goodluck Musinguzi
Rt Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda ,Prime Minister of Uganda has rolled out the creation of Village Covid 19 Taskforces as part of the implementation of the Community Engagement Strategy to fight the pandemic.
He was joined by the Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Moses Ali, Hon Joyce Moriku Kaducu, Minister of State for Primary Health Care, Yonas Tegegn WOLDERMARIAM, World Health Organisation Representative in Uganda, Robert Kwesiga Secretary General Uganda Red cross and Francis Omaswa Chair of the Community Engagement Strategy , Maj Gen Muheesi from the Covid Taskforce
Rt Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda addressed a press conference on the Implementation of the Community Engagement strategy for COVID19 response in Uganda.
He said Ugandans should be not rest during the times of COVID-19 but be more Vigilant.
The objective of the press briefing was to draw attention of the general population and recruit public support to facilitate the Community Engagement expeditious implementation and achievement of the objectives of Strategy for Ministry of Health.
“We are concerned about the level of complacency in communities. In fact we have heard some people addressing #COVID19 in the past as “during the times of COVID-19″. Covid is still with us and so we need Vigilance.” Rt Hon Dr Rugunda said
Village Covid 19 Taskforces as part of the National Community Engagement Strategy on Covid 19 response.
“Media, your role is critical because you reach the Masses. Join us to communicate messages about the prevention of #COVID19” while rolling out the National Community Engagement Strategy as part of combating the spread of the Corona Virus
“We are shifting our interventions to community engagement and home based care as we strive to manage the #COVID19 situation in #Uganda” said Joyce Moriku Kaduce while addressing the press at the office of the Prime Minister in Kampala on rolling out the National Community Engagement Strategy.
Currently uganda is in stage4 of the pandemic which means there is a wide spread of Covid-19 in communities.
“I want to call upon development partners and embrace this strategy and incorporate the strategy in their programs. We shall have a great Nation if we secure the Health of the people we serve.” Francis Omaswa said
He further said “I am happy to have a multi-Sectoral group that i have worked with to come up with guidelines on how we can combat the spread the #COVID19. Health is a key priority of our lives. Guard it.”
Minister for local Government said ,”As we fight #COVID19 i want to recruit the LCs to join this fight. We want to take the sensitisations to community level. At each village we have the village LCs who have secretaries for Health, VHTs and we want them to be at the front line. Let’s go”
Yonas Tegegn WOLDERMARIAM, World Health Organisation Representative in Uganda said “The world has seen a tremendous increase in cases of #COVID19. Health workers who are meant to help us are equally infected. In the last 4 weeks, #Uganda is not doing so well. We are the 5th contributor to the infections increase in Africa” while addressing press
“Media, be factual in your reporting because the Public listens and trusts you. Take life messages to the people.We will save more lives.”
Chairman National Community Engagement Strategy Taskforce “The disease is everywhere. #COVID19 is with us. We no longer have to isolate for the sake. Let’s excercise, eat a balanced diet, and obey the rules (SOPs) put in place to fight the Pandemic.”
Robert Kwesiga said “We the non state Actors have a contribution to make while fighting the Pandemic. Let’s bring financial, human, technical resources on board to add to the Govt resources and manage the Pandemic.”
“We as the Redcross commit to ensuring that this community Engagement Strategy is rolled out to the Community level and upscale the efforts in curbing the spread of #COVID19 with support from our mother body.
“We all have a contribution to make in the fight against #COVID19. Let’s bring financial, human, technical resources on board to add to the government resources and manage the #COVID19 pandemic,” said Kwesiga.