Nakaseke district has received
a boost of Shillings 98 million from Chinese firms in Kapeeka Town council to
finance the activities of the Corona Virus Task Force. The money was handed
over to Nakaseke district by General Salim Saleh, the Chairperson of the 16
Chinese firms under Namunkekera Rural Industrial Center to help operationalise
the task force.
The firms include among others Good Will (U) LTD, Lian Shen
Group, Ho and Mu Food Technology Limited and Namunkekera Agro Processing
Industries Limited among others. Several districts have scaled actives
towards the prevention of COVID19. Uganda has since registered 44 confirmed cases
of the deadly disease.
Nakaseke have over 30 suspected corona virus cases. Ignatius Koomu Kiwanuka, the Nakaseke LC 5 Chairperson, says the
cases had overwhelmed the health department yet they didn’t have money to
finance the taskforce. He
says as a result, they petitioned General Salim
Saleh who mobilised the firms, which donated Shillings 98million to help the
Koomu notes that they have resolved that the District retains Shillings
30 million to facilitate health surveillance team and Task force and the
remaining money be returned to Kapeeka Sub County where the firms operate to implement the preventive measures.
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Moses Ssenfuma, the Kapeeka Sub County LC 3 Chairperson says
they have spent the money on the purchase of sanitizers, infrared thermometers,
and protective gears and facilitate help workers to respond to emergencies. Ssenfuma says they also intend to buy and distribute maize
flour to people in Kapeeka town council who are no longer working because the
Presidential directives, which affected certain sectors.
Aharikundira Africano, the Deputy Nakaseke Resident District
Commissioner welcomed the support, saying security personnel are on the ground
to help health officials enforce the COVID preventive measures. Evelyn Khellen Musiime, the Nakaseke District Health Officer,
says the department is still in need of money to buy protective gear and
facilitate health workers across the district.
Musiime says currently
all the 4774 health workers have run out of protective gear and fear to touch
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Nakaseke District has set up isolation facilities at Nakaseke
and Kiwoko Hospitals. The suspected patients will be kept at facilities
and will be transferred to Mubende Regional Hospital when they test positive.
The Health Ministry is yet to offer additional personal protective equipment
(PPE) to the district.
General Salim Saleh, the Chairman Namunkerera Rural
Industrial Center was unavailable to comment on the donation. Luweero
and Nakaseke Districts are hunting for Shillings 57 million and Shillings 103
million respectively for COVID19 activities.