MOH Receives PPE Worth Over 220M Shs From ChildFund Uganda

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The ministry of health has received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth over 220 million shillings from ChildFund Uganda to help protect health workers against COVID-19.

The PPE will be distributed to 94 health facilities including 16 HC1Vs, 36 HC111s and 42 HC11s with in areas of ChildFund operation in Uganda.

Speaking at a flag off ceremony of the consignment held at the ChildFund Uganda offices in Kampala today, Moses Otai the country Director ChildFund International said the quantities aim at acting as buffer stocks over a period of approximately three months complementing to those provided by the government of Uganda.

“The availability and use of these items will ensure the protection of both health workers and clients, limiting the potential of cross infections between health workers and clients” said Otai.

He said an additional 34 million shillings has been sent to implementing partners to procure 188 hand washing kits for health facilities and 94 megaphones to continue dissemination of information on preventive measures of COVID-19 in communities.

“ChildFund acknowledges and applauds health workers around the country for the tremendous role they have played and continue to play in the fight against COVID-19. It is because of their dedication, and collective efforts of various stakeholders that Uganda has slowed down the transmission of COVID-19.” Otai noted

The consignment contains 55,000 pieces of disposable medical masks,1,400 pieces of plastic aprons, 400 pairs of heavy duty gloves, 50,000 pairs of examination gloves, 30,000 pairs of sterile gloves, 500 pairs of gum boots,300 pieces of eye googles,1,000 bottles of JIK (750 mls litre),1,200 bottles of Hand Sanitizers (I liter).

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Dr. Olaro Charles the Director clinical and curative services at the ministry of health who received the consignment welcomed the assistance which he said is timely and will greatly help health workers who are at the fore front in the fight against COVID-19.

Dr. Olaro Charles the Director clinical and curative services flagging off the consignment at ChildFund offices in Kampala today

Meanwhile, Dr. Olaro used the occasion to urge Ugandans to take COVID-19 more seriously because of the likely debilitating conditions it causes to the victims.

Although there has been a significant rise in the COVID-19 cases in the country, many Ugandans are nolonger adhering to preventive measures like washing hands, wearing masks and even social distancing owing to the zero COVID-19 related deaths record in the country.

Dr. Olaro says this success has sometimes been interpreted wrongly with people saying there is no COVID-19 in Uganda which he says hinders efforts to fight the pandemic.

He says much as they are yet to ascertain the long term effects of this new disease, Ugandans need to avoid contracting the virus since it could have severe after effects on the victims.

“COVID-19 is a new disease so its long term side effects are not yet known but already some people who have recovered have shared their stories indicating that they have lost sense of taste and smell, have had issues with their memory so that is why we are urging citizens to be cautious” said Dr. Olaro

As of today, Uganda has a total of 1,043 COVID-19 cases, 1,004 recoveries and zero COVID-19 related deaths.

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