The Ministry of Health through the Division of Community Health Services (DCHS) has issued new guidelines on the continuity of community-based health services at the community and household level in the context of the COVID – 19 pandemic.
The community health structure which includes community health assistants and community health volunteers can play a critical role in enhancing continuity of community-based services (level one) including management of common illnesses at community level as well as supporting referral of emergency cases particularly during the curfew hours in partnership with the local administrative structures,” says the Acting Director General for Health, Dr Patrick Amoth in the Foreword to the document.
The guidelines outline how the Ministry of Health, through Division of Community Health in will collaborate with 47 County Governments and partners to sustain that provision of community health services is sustained in different scenarios. The document outlines the measures to be undertaken situations where there no cases, sporadic cases, clusters of cases or community transmission.
It is critical to note that as cases in the country increase, many counties will progressively move
from stage one to three or four in case of clusters or community transmission,” reads the documents.
“Preparedness plans on action items guiding the progression from one stage to another will be critical in ensuring that community health services continue and that essential services critical for the survival of vulnerable groups are sustained during stage four of large-scale transmission.”
The document gives guidance on training, use of community resources, supplies, support supervision and monitoring and evaluation.
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