In a bid to combat the wide spread community transmission of COVID-19 in Uganda, government has directed all district local government leaders to spearhead the establishement of COVID-19 task forces in all villages of their respective districts with immediate effect.
This has been disclosed by Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda while addressing the media in Kampala today about the implementation of the Community Engagement Strategy against COVID 19 in the country.
The Community Engagement Strategy was launched on 20th October 2020 to control the spread of the pandemic among communities. The strategy seeks to engage communities beginning with individuals at house hold level to take action in the fight against the pandemic.
The premier said 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 liase with the ministry of finance on financing of this strategy” noted Dr. Rugunda
The Community Engagement Strategy which is chaired by Prof. Francis Omaswa is supported by different government ministeries and development partners including Uganda Red Cross Society among others.
Speaking at the same event, the state minister for primary health care Moricu Kaducu expressed dismay over the increasing COVID-19 cases in the country which she attributed to complacency among Ugandans.
Meanwhile Minister Kaducu disclosed that the 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.” Explained Kaducu
Uganda has so far registered 18,890 COVID-19 cases out of which 8,832 recovered from the disease and 191 died.