A section of Village Health Teams (VHTs) in Kisoro district are counting blessings after money for their facilitation doing Covid-19 related activities was received.
The move comes following growing concern from the VHTs who were demanded payments for work done.
Kisoro Chief Administrative Officer Ismail Onzu Musa promised that monies would be sent to sub counties by the end of the week, and true to his word, some VHTs received their money.
Kisoro district has a total of 388 villages. Each VHT is entitled to 300,000 Ugandan shillings for the next three months.
This is part of a financial package from the district which passed a Covid-19 supplementary budget of 305 million shillings.
Head of VHTs in Kisoro district Geoffrey Muntu Akankwasa confirmed to vomuhabura that health assistants in some Sub Counties have started delivering money to their VHTS.
These sub counties include Nyakabande and Nyarubuye while VHTS in Nyarusiza will be paid today September 4th 2021.
Akankwasa called on other VHTs to be patient as payments will be done next week.
Local Council Chairpersons are also expected to receive 100,000 Ugandan shillings. The money is meant to support the village committee to support VHTs in their duties.
“Please use the money wisely and ensure that VHTs in your village are well supported as they track patients under home based care”, Akankwasa said
Rift develops as Municipal VHTs threaten to Strike
VHTs operating within Kisoro Municipality have vowed to strike if payments are not fully made to them.
Kisoro Municipality VHT chairperson Hadija Kyomukama says that Municipal officials have been Luring VHTs to accept a monthly payment of 50,000 Ugandan shillings which VHTs unanimously rejected.
Kyomukama says they have all agreed to refuse the money and are now demanding full payments or else they will strike.
“It is not our desire to fail Government efforts however some people do not value our efforts therefore we cannot continue to work under such conditions”, Kyomukama explained