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Conditioned Funds Slowing Down Covid-19 Responses in Districts

The MPs, who are on the nationwide tour to assess covid-19 management capacities in health facilities and local governments, noted that the response teams are finding difficulties to effectively operate with conditioned financial releases.
The Members of Parliamentary Covid-19 Taskforce interracting with local government taskforce to assess their capabilties

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  Members of the Parliament Covid-19 task force want restrictions eased on funds sent to support covid-19 activities in local governments.

The MPs, who are on the nationwide tour to assess covid-19 management capacities in health facilities and local governments, noted that the response teams are finding difficulties to effectively operate with conditioned financial releases.

While interacting with Covid-19 taskforces in the districts of Kyotera and Rakai, the MPs were told that conditioned financial transfer is partly crippling response operations in districts and health facilities.

Doctor Edward Muwanga, the Kyotera District Health Officer says the taskforces are having limited options on what to spend the money on, yet they have a wide range of demands that are not fully catered for in the conditions attached to the finances.

He explains that while their main priorities would be to facilitate health workers to regularly follow-up on patients under home-based care management, providing personal protective gears and facilitating timely patients’ referrals, the funds are committed to other things. 

Hajji Moses Ddumba, the Kyotera Resident District Commissioner and Chairperson of the district Taskforce, said that they are allowed to spend the funds based on the respective demands they are faced with, and later provide accountability.

 

   //Cue in; (Luganda) “naddala mu kaseera kano….  

Cue out; ……eby’etagisa obitwalayo.”//

Michael Kakembo, the Entebbe Municipality MP indicates that their task force has noted the conditions as a serious impediment that needs to be removed to facilitate effective responses and management of the Covid-19 situations.

He says that they are going to engage the concerned authorities at the Ministries of Health to reconsider the conditions and have the Covid-19 response funds dispensed by district taskforces depending on their needs. 

  //Cue in: “batunyonyodde nti…..  

Cue out: ……afire mu kyalo.”//

 Fortunate Rose Nantongo, the Kyotera District Woman MP says their fact-finding mission is intended to identify and advise on appropriate approaches of overcoming the underlying challenges to Covid-19 management.      

In the recent supplementary budget considered by the cabinet, district taskforces are meant to receive another batch of 260 million shillings to coordinate Covid-19 response activities in their areas.

Last month, Parliament instituted a 40-member Covid-19 task force to coordinate with the government to fight against the spread of coronavirus disease in communities.

The team will be charged with representing parliament to the national task force and coordinating the overall interventions of the regional parliamentary taskforce teams.