Coca-Cola Contributes Shs 1.3bn to Fight COVID-19 after
May 20, 2020, Kampala –
Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda has this Wednesday handed over its contribution of Shs 1.3billion with three brand new pick-up trucks added to the Ministry of Health COVID-19 fleet.
The contribution comes months after intense criticism by the public for donating jerrycans and fewer items compared to other wealthy multinational companies operating in Uganda.
Coca Cola’s rival, Crown Beverages which produces Pepsi products on April 10 contributed Shs 1bn and a brand new pickup truck to support the war on Coronavirus.
Prime Minister and Chair of the National Task Force for COVID-19, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, welcomed the contribution and commended Coca-Cola for being a long-standing partner with the government in health causes.
Conrad van Niekerk, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Regional Managing Director in charge of Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana, stressed that the company contributions were only the first phase of the effort against COVID-19 in Uganda.
“Since the outbreak of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Uganda, we have been working with the Ministry of Health to support and implement measures to curb its spread. We believe in sustainability – of business and the communities in which we operate,” he said.
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine, thanked the company for the wide range of support provided to the ministry in the fight against COVID-19, including handwashing support and public awareness.
“Your contributions will help us sink the message deep into the farthest corners of Uganda, among all the people. The catchphrase you have chosen of #StaySafeUG is very important in all our messaging, and you have truly gotten involved in this struggle through handwashing and publicity,” she said.
The Coca-Cola contribution towards curbing the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda included a consignment of food relief worth Shs 390m from The Coca-Cola Foundation, distributed through the Uganda Red Cross Society to vulnerable families affected by the lockdown.
The company also donated Ush85million to the Ministry of Health to buy medical equipment and sundries.