The beneficiaries are Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Funding will also go toward the procurement of essential medical supplies, including testing kits and to train health workers.
Betty Akello, an enrolled midwife attached to the facility explains that the Health center cannot handle any maternity related cases currently, a reason they are referring them to Lira Regional Referral Hospital or Ogur HCIV.
Subsequently, the room ceilings from the general and maternity wards also followed, forcing mothers who were at the unit to sleep under their beds.
According to health officials in the district, for over six consecutive months, the district’s accredited health facilities haven’t received essential drugs especially for second line ARVs and for the pediatrics regiments.
Speaking on the eve of the grim milestone, Dr Tedros called for renewed global commitment to save lives as cases surpass 10 million worldwide, with 500,000 deaths. He said that although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up.