UAP Old Mutual Group Uganda has made a contribution of 100 hospital beds worth Shs 100 million as part of efforts to support the health care system fight the coronavirus disease.
The beds will be distributed to the various regional referral hospitals to help in improvement of healthcare during and after COVID-19 crisis.
The contribution was presented by representatives of the Board and management of UAP Old Mutual Group Uganda to the Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda who heads the National Task Force on Covid-19. This is in addition to the earlier presented Ush10 Million towards COVID-19 relief efforts in the country.
The managing Director of UAP Old Mutual Insurance Uganda, Stephen Chikovore applauded the efforts of the government of Uganda, particularly the Ministry of Health, in undertaking to control the further spread of this pandemic.
“We recognize that this fight is not only for Government but is upon all of us as a nation to stand together and support its efforts to fight COVID-19 in any way we can,” Chikovore said.
The Group is a subsidiary of one of Africa’s most iconic brands, Old Mutual, which celebrates 175 years this year. Since 1845, Old Mutual has supported individuals, businesses and communities through civil wars and world wars as well as the Spanish Flu pandemic, the Great Depression, and many political crises and economic turbulence across the continent. Throughout these years, Old Mutual’s support of the people, businesses, communities and societies it served was unwavering.
The Group says it is in this spirit of solidarity and as a responsible business with heart, that it has committed resources towards improvement of the health facilities that they believe are a vital part in support of the nation towards managing the COVID-19 crisis.
“Improving people’s lives is a vital aspect of the UAP Old Mutual brand and at the heart of our Responsible Business ethos is the quest to use our resources effectively to drive positive impact in our society,” said the Chairman Board of UAP Old Mutual Life Assurance, Dr. Kalema.
The Group also pledged to continue with awareness and sensitization programs in the media to help and encourage the population to continue following the Ministry of Health guidelines and presidential directives that will help to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Uganda.
“Remaining true to our promise of being a certain friend in uncertain times in both word and deed has been the secret of our brand’s longevity and enduring relevance for 175 years,” the Managing Director of UAP Old Mutual Financial Services, Mr. Simon Mwebaze said.