MTN Uganda has contributed Shs 297m towards Uganda Red Cross Society’s COVID-19 Response Plan. The funds were committed to support community surveillance including prevention and control, in high risk areas.
This is in fulfilment of the Uganda Red Cross’ auxiliary role to government authorities in providing humanitarian services which include Improving Health, preventing diseases and mitigating human suffering of the most vulnerable.
Uganda Red Cross will work closely with the Ministry of Health and other government/ Public authorities to execute this mandate.
Uganda Red Cross Secretary General, Robert Kwesiga unveiled the Red Cross COVID-19 Response Plan of Action to the Ministry of Health and Partners during a recent coordination meeting. At the event, he emphasized the need to support the National Society to be able to deliver on its mandate as an auxiliary to government efforts during such a huge health crisis.
“Our Red Cross machinery of first responders has been put at the disposal of the pandemic and we believe with combined efforts and support, we can save lives of people,” Kwesiga said.
On March 24, MTN Uganda through the MTN Foundation offered a financial support towards the plan. The Foundation Senior Manager, Bryan Mbasa said that MTN Uganda trusts that the Red Cross will do a good job is supporting the Government to fight this pandemic.
The Uganda Red Cross Secretary General appreciated MTN Uganda for having come through very timely to save the situation.
“We thank MTN Uganda for leading other corporates in supporting this great cause. Your support will enable us touch the most critical areas of the response and for us this is one of our strengths. We will deliver!” Kwesiga added.
Among the activities Uganda Red Cross will do include Risk Communication (community sensitization), Community surveillance, ambulance services, psychosocial support, case tracing, handling referrals, and worst case scenario, offer safe and dignified burials.
On December 31, the government of China reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan, Hubei Province. A novel coronavirus was identified and has been named COVID-19.
On January 30 this year, World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. All continents have now reported at least one confirmed case of COVID-19, and the risk of continued spread between and within countries is very high.
Europe is now the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. Many European countries have closed their borders and imposed movement restrictions on their populations. The number of COVID-19 cases in the world has surpassed cases in China.