Leaders dedicate quarter of budget to malaria fight

Hoima. Leaders in the mid-western region have agreed to allocate funds to support village health teams (VHTs) in fighting malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea in communities.
During the closure of a five-year Inscale Research Project last week, the leaders resolved that chief administrative officers use 25 per cent of the funds allocated for community development to support VHT activities.
The leaders said VHTs had reduced the number of children getting sick and dying of treatable and preventable diseases.
“Instead of parents moving more than 10 kilometres to access medical care at a government health facility, VHTs complimented our efforts by offering timely treatment to children which has reduced mortality rates,” the Buliisa clinical officer, Mr Francis Kugonza, said.
Statistics indicate that Buliisa used to register 400-700 cases of malaria per week but since the VHTs were introduced, it receives between 100 and 250 weekly.
The Inscale project, which has been supported by Malaria Consortium, was implemented in Buliisa, Kiryandongo, Masindi, Hoima, Kibaale, Kyankwanzi, Kiboga and Kyegegwa districts.
According to the project manager, Mr Kertho Edmound, 1,277 VHTs were offered mobile phones which they would use to send their weekly reports on patients and deaths and they would receive feedback from their supervisors.
Mr Steven Arinaitwe, a VHT member in Hoima, said they would refer children suffering from malaria and diarrohoea for more than two weeks to health centres.

‘STAY PROJECT’
The Hoima LC5 chairperson, Mr George Bagonza, said the Inscale project should continue because it has supported rural households fight malaria and improve community health. “We have deficiencies in funding the health sector. Such partners supporting improvement of health in communities should be maintained,” Mr Bagonza said.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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