Rubbishing claims that the money couldn’t be accounted for, Atwiine said part of the money will be used to set up hotel structures at border points which will serve as health worker accommodation facilities and that some of the money will be used to construct blood banks in Arua and Soroti districts.
The Ministry of Health received a total of Shs29billion from
donations by the private sector to facilitate activities aimed at stopping
further spread of COVID-19, the Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry Dr. Diana
Atwine has said.
Rubbishing claims that the money couldn’t be accounted for,
Atwine said part of the money will be used to set up structures at border
points which will serve as health worker accommodation facilities and that some
of the money will be used to commence construction of blood banks in Arua and
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Atwine says as per the requirement by the Public Finance Management
Act, they had to keep the collections on the consolidated account till last
week when the money was released back to them.
It should be noted that the appeal to donate was first made
in the early days of the pandemic in 2020 where President Yoweri Museveni urged
corporate companies and investors to help the response with especially vehicles
to help front line workers move since they had declared a lock down on public
Apart from things like food stuffs and personal protective equipment for health workers, a number of companies donated vehicles in kind and others
money meant for purchase of vehicles.
Atwine says they haven’t diverted from the initial purpose
and notes that they are to purchase a few vehicles and the rest of the money
will used to revamp port health with challenges that came clear at the height
of the pandemic when they struggled to maintain key health workers in the same
When it comes to donated vehicles, she says they have been
deployed for COVID-19 sample collection and surveillance.
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Meanwhile, it should be noted that the number of COVID-19
cases have greatly reduced with 54 new cases registered yesterday and only 44
people being in admission in hospitals across the country. In total Uganda has
had a cumulative 41,016 people testing positive and 335 deaths.
Experts however warn that soon the country will be experiencing
a second wave that will have a lot of people getting infected. This wave,
experts warn should get the country guarded.