KAMPALA – The government has launched the National Community Engagement Strategy for Covid-19 Response.
Prof Francis Omaswa, the chairperson of the community engagement strategy sub-committee, said the strategy aims at strengthening the health system in preparation for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) as well as universal health coverage.
He said with the community strategy, government will use the existing structures such as local councils where the village Covid-19 taskforce will create awareness, information and education, contact tracing and shielding of vulnerable members, among others.
While launching the strategy in Kampala on Tuesday, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, the Prime Minister, said with the country now at stage four of the Covid-19 pandemic, the survey is meant to ensure that all people are aware, empowered and are participating actively in the prevention and control of the disease.
“The country is now at phase IV of the transmission of the virus in which the majority districts in the country have experienced community spread. Therefore, we are formally calling upon as well as handing over ownership and responsibility for the control of this pandemic to individual Ugandans,” Dr Rugunda said.
As of October 20, 2020, Uganda had registered 97 new cases, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 10,788 with 97 deaths and 7,066 recoveries.