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Fuel Shortage Hindering Operations of COVID-19 Taskforce in Bugisu

Dr Gideon Wamasebu, the Manafwa District Health Officer, says that since the district has several vehicles, they are constrained to urgently respond to alerts in the community.

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The COVID-19 response teams in Bugisu region are lacking fuel for their vehicles. 

Dr Gideon Wamasebu, the Manafwa District Health Officer, says that since the district has several vehicles, they are constrained to urgently respond to alerts in the community.     

He says that the district task force has since resolved that the patients who want to be transported to the health facilities contribute money for fuel.

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Dr Jonathan Wangisi, the Mbale district Health Officer says the shortage of fuel is the biggest challenge the task force is grappling with during the lockdown.   

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Stella Kisolo Abigail, the Mbale District Assistant Health Officer says the district is currently using vehicles of Non-Government Organizations and development partners.

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Dr Gidale Muyili Mupalaya, the Bulambuli District Health Officer says that they are yet to receive the money from the Health Ministry.

“The Central government has sent us some money which we are in the process of withdrawing, we think this will solve some of these problems like fuel and others,” he said.     

In Sironko district, the Health Officer Paul Wakooko says that heads of different departments have been contributing fuel especially ambulances and the vehicles that transport health workers to their places of work.     

Like Namisindwa, the district task force in Sironko also resorted to asking patients to contribute money to fuel the ambulances to transport them to health facilities.   

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