Finance Ministry Releases Shs165m to Each District to Boost COVID-19 fight

The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has released Shs165 million to each district to boost the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money is part of the supplementary budget of Shs304 billion approved by Parliament last week.

The ministry spokesperson, Jimmy Mugunga, was not available to confirm the release of the money but several district accounting officers we spoke to on Wednesday confirmed receipt of the cash.

Ntungamo District Chief Administrative Officer Hanny Turyaheebwa acknowledged receipt of the money, noting that it is meant for health workers, security, surveillance, coordination, establishment of isolation centers and fuel allowance for the Task force members among other activities.

Luweero  District Health Officer Innocent Nkonwa have acknowledged receipt of the money, adding  that are still waiting for guidelines on how to utilize it before they can budget for it.

He also acknowledged receipt of other items from the Health Ministry meant to help health workers in detection and handling suspected COVID-19 cases.

The items include 150 face masks, 5000 disposable guns, 100 swabs, 500 biohazard bags, five aprons and five temperature guns among others.

Luweero has so far registered 165 suspected COVID-19 cases which have all turned out negative.

According to the Shs304b supplementary budget, the Health sector bagged Shillings 104.2 billion, security Shillings 77.4 billion, ICT Shillings 6 billion, Local governments Shillings 36.2 billion, Disaster response Shillings 59.4 billion and MPs Shillings 10 billion among others.

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