The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine has written to Members of Parliament through the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige requesting their ambulances to help in the fight against COVID-19.
In her letter dated March 26, 2020, Dr. Atwine noted that there is need for more ambulances to supplement government efforts to tracing and evacuating suspected cases to nearest treatment centres.
“Due to the outbreak of COVID19 in Uganda, the Ministry of Health requests Members of Parliament through your office to avail their Ambulances stationed in different constituencies process across the Country to supplement Government efforts of tracing and evacuating suspected cases to nearest treatment Centres,” Atwine noted in her letter.
Atwine added that the ambulances and their drivers will be stationed in their districts and fuel will be provided at the District stations.
The Clerk has since then relayed the information to the individual legislators who are expected to comply to the request to save lives.
“Please find attached hereto a self-explanatory letter from the Ministry of Health requesting MPs with Ambulances in their Constituencies to avail them to the Ministry for purposes of evacuating suspected cases of Corona Virus Covid-19 to the nearest treatment centres in the country,” the Clerk requested MPs.
A number of legislators have in the past bought ambulances to help transport their constituents to the different health centres.
With the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country to now 23 cases, and the partial lock down were people without personal cars can’t access health centres in the country, more ambulances are indeed need to supplement the efforts by government.