The trucks which were today flagged off by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, started the distribution from Bwaise, in the outskirts of Kampala. Rugunda said that the distribution teams will move from door-to-door to avoid crowds that could facilitate the spread of the Coronavirus.
Four truckloads of relief food have
been flagged off this morning, to aid vulnerable families in the areas of
Kampala and Wakiso whose supply chain was cut off by government measures to contain
the spread of COVID-19.
Each of the identified families
will receive a package containing 6 Kgs of maize flour, 3 Kgs of beans and
salt. In addition, breastfeeding mothers and the sick will receive 2kg of
powdered milk and 2kg of Sugar.
The trucks which were today
flagged off by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, started the distribution
from Bwaise, in the outskirts of Kampala. Rugunda said that the distribution teams will
move from door-to-door to avoid crowds that could facilitate the spread of the
The distribution exercise is
being handled by security under Gen. Elly Tumwine working with local Council
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Rugunda says that Kampala and
Wakiso had needy people who are less likely to find food during the ongoing
lockdown. A number of people in Kampala and Wakiso earn from hand to mouth and cannot
work since the government declared a partial lockdown in a bid to fight COVID
19, said Rugunda.
He also says that the government will
distribute food to all hospitals in the Country, Orphanages and barracks.
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The Minister for Relief and
Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru says that after distribution in Bwaise, they
will also distribute to some orphanages in Kampala and Wakiso districts that
are in dire need of food. He could not at the time tell the total amount of
food to be distributed to different parts of Kampala and Wakiso.
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Meanwhile the Prime Minister also
received a donation of 100 million Shillings from Ham Kiggundu of Ham
Enterprises, and walkie-talkies worth 500 million Shillings from Samanda Solutions,
the country Representative of Motorola.
Uganda has 48 confirmed cases of
COVID 19, a global pandemic that started in Wuhan China, last year.