ChildFund International has given an assortment of personal protective equipment (PPE) worth Shs 220m to 94 health facilities in 29 districts in the Central, Eastern and Northern regions of the country to protect health workers from Covid infection.
The PPE which was flagged off Tuesday will be distributed in 16 health centre IVs, 36 health centre IIIs and 42 health centre IIs in areas of ChildFund operations.
Moses Otai, the Country Director of ChildFund International explained that the donation of the PPE is aimed at buffering the stock of the health facilities in the fight against coronavirus.
“We are continuing to mobilize resources for logistical supplies needed to respond to Covid ad serve communities,” Otai said.
The charity said the donation was made possible with funding from ChildFund Korea.
The PPE include 55,000 pieces of disposable medical masks, 1,400 pieces of plastic aprons, 400 pairs of heavy duty gloves, 50,000 pairs of examination gloves. 30,000 pairs of sterile gloves, 500 pairs of gum boots, 300 pieces of eye goggles, 1,000 bottles of JIK and 1,200 litres of hand sanitizer.
Some additional Shs 34m has been sent to implementing partners to procure 188 hand washing kits for health facilities ad 94 megaphones to help in the dissemination of information on the prevention of Covid.
Dr Charles Olaro who officially received the donated items on behalf of the Ministry of Health lauded ChildFund International for the timely assistance which he said will significantly boost the workforce.
He said the items will be put to good use.
“We wouldn’t want to expose our health workers to infection because then we lose our workforce. Covid has been challenging especially for the health workers but it is due to their dedication and resilience that we have managed to contain the spread,” Dr Olaro said.
He cautioned the public against misinterpreting the low levels of Covid infections in Uganda, saying the trend in other countries around the world should serve as a warning.
ChildFund recently made cash transfers worth Shs 2bn to some 29,000 households in Uganda, to support them manage the Covid economic shocks. Each household received between Shs 50,000 and Shs 100,000 to help them get basic supplies.
Moses Otai said that the organization is also working with districts to help 22,000 children access learning materials. It will also working with other partners to respond to cases of domestic violence and violence against children which arose during the lockdown, by helping them access legal and medical support.
ChildFund has reprogrammed its resources for the next 6months to be able to respond to the effects that Covid has had on children in Uganda.