The Ministry of Health has Wednesday received Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) worth Shs 220 million from ChildFund Uganda to be distributed to 94 health centers in 29 districts in the country.
The items were handed over by ChildFund Country Director Moses Otai at the organization’s country offices in Kampala and received by Dr Charles Olaro, the director health services from the Ministry who later flagged them off to the destined places.
The consignment contained items required for universal precautions against infection, prevention and control which include disposable masks, heavy duty gloves, examination gloves, sterile gloves, him boots, eye googles, Jik and sanitizers.
According to Moses Otai, the items will act as buffer stocks over a period of time complementing those provided by the government.
“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 especially the prevailing Covid-19,” he said
This support from ChildFund was funded by Korean partners and will benefit all district main hospitals where it operates including 16 health center IVs, 36 health center IIIs and 42 health center IIs.
The districts where the equipment were dispatched to on Wednesday are Kitgum, Busia, Jinja, Kyankwanzi, Masindi, Lira, Wakiso and Mbale among others.
In addition, Mr Otai revealed that the organization has also disbursed up to 2 billion shillings in form of cash transfers to vulnerable families in its areas of operation to deal with the socio-economic shock caused by the pandemic.
He also in a special way acknowledged and applauded health workers around the country for the tremendous role they are playing in the fight against Covid-19.
“It is because of their dedication, and collective efforts of various stakeholders led by government that Uganda has slowed down the transmission of Covid-19,” he said.
“The organization acknowledges the need for health workers to have the right equipment for personal safety in order to continue doing their work effectively,” he added
Dr. Charles Olaro appreciated the contribution of ChildFund saying that it will help protect the health workers during these trying moments of Covid-19.
He urged the health workers to continue being brave and dedicated until the pandemic is defeated.