Thursday May 22 2014

Tororo Village Health Teams demand pay

By Joseph Omollo

Tororo- Persons who have been voluntarily sensitising residents on how to remain healthy by maintaining proper hygiene have in a turn-around asked the government to allocate money in the national Budget for their salaries.

Members of the Village Health Teams (VHTs) in Tororo District said the money would cater for their welfare and recognition of their services.

The VHTs made the appeal last Saturday at a sensitisation meeting organised by the Tororo District Council to mobilise communities to embrace hygiene and sanitation campaign in households at Nabuyoga Sub-county.

The VHTs accused government of failing to recognise their contribution to the community, saying although they are volunteers, they needed a token of appreciation to encourage them to continue rendering services to the communities.

“Our voluntarism to render health services to the community has turned into exploitation and we feel we are under looked. We thus want government to come up with a minimum monthly wage to give us so that we can be encouraged to continue delivering our services to the people,” Mr Richard Okello said

The district chairperson, Mr Emmanuel Osuna, said although the government recognises the services they offer, it has priorities that it can’t respond immediately.

Mr Osuna asked the local councils to ensure that they at least give a token of appreciation to members of the VHT’s from their villages when they receive 25 per cent of tax compensation from the sub-county.

The district health inspector, Mr Patrick Omita, explained that government appreciates the role of VHT’s and that is why they have involved them in all health activities, including the recent distribution of bicycles to almost all members.

Mr Omita asked them to continue mobilising communities to actively participate in health activities, mainly the ongoing campaign on improvement of pit latrine coverage.