By Ivan Tolit

A complete of 203 Village Well being Group (VHT) members in Amuru District have protested after the district administration reportedly refused to provide them good telephones to help their work. 

On July 7, the Japan Worldwide Cooperation Company (JICA) donated bicycles, umbrellas and 150 good telephones (Samsung Galaxy) to the district to assist the VHTs in well timed reporting and knowledge assortment of illnesses like malaria and Covid-19. 

The district management, nonetheless, solely handed over the bicycles and umbrellas to the people (VHTs) however promised that the smartphones could be given to them in every week’s time. 

Each day Monitor has learnt that not one of the VHT members have acquired the telephones since then.

A VHT member, who spoke to Each day Monitor anonymously for worry of reprimand, on Sunday mentioned the district management distributed the telephones amongst themselves. 

Mr Christopher Ocen, a VHT member at Labala Parish, in Pabbo Sub-county, mentioned they may not proceed working with out the telephones. 

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“We are actually conditioned to take photos and ship reviews as quick as doable utilizing digital means and that’s the reason the smartphones had been deliberate for us. If they can not give us the devices, it means they don’t worth what we do,” Mr Ocen mentioned yesterday. 

He added: “We’re uninterested in the problems of misplaced knowledge, carrying books and papers in addition to transferring lengthy distances to take the report.”

Mr Goodluck Clovis Okello, the Amuru District well being educator, mentioned they had been participating the VHTs to proceed work as the difficulty of the telephones is sorted out.

 “It’s true the telephones took lengthy to achieve them however this could not cease them from working. We’re participating them on fixing that. We’ve additionally requested them to renew work and plans are already there to get better and handover the telephones to them,” Mr Okello mentioned yesterday. 

When contacted, Mr Michael Lakony, the Amuru LC5 chairperson, mentioned the allegations had been baseless, including that handing over the telephones was delayed as a result of the VHTs wanted to learn to use them first.

“The smartphones are very sophisticated with a whole lot of apps. We will’t give the VHTs with out coaching them on easy methods to use the telephone like coming into knowledge, and taking pictures,” Mr Lakony mentioned.

He added: “They’ve already begun the coaching and by finish of subsequent week all of the VHTs shall be in place to obtain their telephones.” 

Mr Geoffrey Orsbon Oceng, the Amuru resident district commissioner, requested the VHTs to be affected person till all of them are skilled. 

“They gained’t be given the telephones until they’re skilled. No person has taken the telephones, so the VHTs shouldn’t be spreading fallacious data that the district management has distributed the telephones amongst themselves,” Mr Oceng mentioned.

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