Nakuru CHVs decry neglect by government in sensitization of public on COVID-19

Nakuru East CHVs addressing media at Kamkunji grounds in Bondeni.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Community Health Volunteers-CHVs in Nakuru East Sub county of Nakuru have faulted the county government of Nakuru for not engaging them in the fight against the Corona Virus.

Addressing media at Kamkunji grounds in Bondeni on Saturday morning, the CHVs led by Mr. Francis Shinali said they were surprised that the government was putting measures in place but forgetting about the CHVs who play key role in society.

According to them, the county government of Nakuru has put more focus on medical practitioners and security team yet leaving behind the CHVs who interact with the citizens more at grassroot level.

They wondered why the Nyumba Kumi clusters who deal with less households were being considered for trainings yet the who CHVs deal with over 300 households are left out in the training programs.

Mr.Shinali adding that they have received several questions from concerned citizens over the Corona virus issue.

It  is for this reason that the CHVs have called on the County Government of Nakuru through the Health Department to ensure all CHVs are included in the trainings on corona virus.

They say this will go a long way in ensuring that there is proper sensitization of the public on the DOs and DON’Ts as far as the Corona virus is concerned.

“We are calling on the county government of Nakuru to ensure they train all CHVs so that they can assist in the fight against Corona virus for we are the first people who interact with the community” said Shinali.

Similar sentiments echoed by Baharini Residents’ Association Chairman Maurice Otieno who is also a CHV.

He says the county government of Nakuru should adhere to the structure that was there from defunct Council concerning CHVs who play critical role at the community o matters health and sanitation.

“Let the county government adhere to the structure that was there where CHVs were respected as per the critical role they play in the community” said Otieno.

On her part Celestine Owino stating that CHVs have had a lot of challenges in slums with the county government of Nakuru showing no concern.

She says if the County government of Nakuru can take the CHVs through training on corona then they will be able to boost sensitization for the members of the public on the same.

“The county government has not come down to the grassroot level to sensitize the CHVs on this corona virus issue yet we continue to interact with the community” said Ms Owino.

The CHVs also calling on the County Government of Nakuru to ensure that slum areas have enough water supply so as to ensure high standards of hygiene.

CHVs are members of the community, nominated from within, who are tasked with improving the community’s health and well-being and linking individuals to primary health care services.

Despite the work done by this group of people, the government is yet to appreciate them with some going through financial strains.