VOLUNTEERS and health workers who will distribute filariasis tablets will have to register and administer to a minimum of 200 individuals in order to receive an allowance of $40.
This was confirmed yesterday by the national co-ordinator for Filariasis Week campaign, Litiana Salusalu.
Ms Salusalu said 2500 volunteers were trained and they would be assessed based on their performance.
This means government will be paying about $100,000 if the 2500 volunteers achieve their 200 individuals margin.
The Health Ministry is pleading with people to take advantage of the three-day campaign that will focus on eradicating filariasis in the country.
The nationwide campaign will involve health workers visiting communities in the Central/Eastern Division and the Northern Division handing out filariasis tablets to members of the public older than two years.
She said the volunteers and health workers who would administer the filariasis tablets this weekend would be paid a $40 allowance for the three days if they reached their target.
"These volunteers are from the Central, Northern and Western divisions and will be employed during the weekend," Ms Salusalu said.
"However they will need to register and administer 200 in order to receive the allowance preferred for that activity."
National Adviser for Communicable Disease Dr Mike Kama said there was no time limit for distribution on these three days but the ministry would like the volunteers to take the recommended six hours rest at the end of the Mass Drug Administration (MDA) working day.
He said tomorrow would be registration day when volunteers could register individuals eligible for the tablets and administer those who want to take the tables there and then.
"Saturday and Sunday is the official tablet administration days," Dr Kama said.
"Volunteers will wear bibs and ID cards signifying their volunteer status and will carrying orange bags.
"Treated individuals have to sign off on the forms to verify they were treated by the volunteer."