Government through its development partner Uganda Red Cross Society has received a financial boost of 186 million shillings to help in the fight against COVID-19 among communities.
The money which has been donated by Coca Cola Beverages Africa is to be used to drive the initiative of setting up 5,000 washing stations across Uganda.
While handing over the money to Uganda Red Cross Society today, Melkamu Abebe the General Manager Coca Cola beverages Africa in Uganda said the wash stations will help promote the hygiene agenda which is key in preventing the spread of the pandemic.
“It is very important that at this point in time, all of us follow all protocols to protect ourselves, our families and our community at large. As coca cola beverage Africa we play a big role in protecting our employees, our customers and most importantly our communities. Through the Coca Cola foundation we have been participating in these interventions to support the COVID-19 response in Uganda” Said Abebe
The beverages company previously contributed UGX1.3 billion to support the food relief program during the extreme lockdown among other relief items that were handed to the COVID-19 National Task Force in response to COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda.
Robert Kwesigwa the secretary general Uganda Red Cross Society which is part of the committee implementing the recently launched community engagement strategy against COVID-19 said part of this money is going to be used to promote hand washing in areas with high cases of COVID-19.
“We are already working with KCCA because according to statistics, Kampala has the highest cases but also we are moving with other districts across the country. Now the coca coca support will give us an extra mileage on how we can move fast in this. We are going to use part of this money in Kampala to promote handwashing and sanitation and use the other chunk of the money in other districts which are registering high cases.” Noted Kwesiga
As of 7th December 2020 Uganda had registered 23,200 COVID19 cases and 207 deaths.