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Isingiro District Receives 473,000 Face Masks :: Uganda Radionetwork

Isingiro District Receives 473,000 Face Masks

The masks will be distributed in the 901 villages across the 29 Sub Counties and town councils and Nakivale and Orukinga Refugee settlements.
Minister Robinah Nabajja in a group Photo with Isingiro District Officials

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The government has delivered 473,007 free face masks to residents of Isingiro district.

Two weeks ago, the government launched the nationwide distribution of free face masks to combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

The district that is located along the Uganda -Tanzania border was previously categorized among the most risk districts and has faced challenges of people crossing in and out of the country through porous border points. 

Since the lockdown in March, 1,381 COVID-19 suspects have been quarantined.

The masks will be distributed in the 901 villages across the 29 Sub Counties and town councils and Nakivale and Orukinga Refugee settlements.

Handing over the free face masks to the district COVID-19 taskforce on Wednesday, the State Minister for Health in-charge General Duties, Robinah Nabbanja said that the distribution of the face masks will be carried out by Local council chairpersons using door to door to avoid congestion.

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The Deputy Resident District Commissioner Gideon Tusiime welcomed the distribution of the masks saying that residents in the area were eagerly waiting for the masks. 

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Felix Arinaitwe, the Ishozi LCI Chairperson LCI says that he is optimistic that the masks will protect the people against COVID-19.

The distribution of the masks will start on Thursday after the Sub County and parish Chiefs, Chairpersons LCI and the Village health teams have been sensitized.

According to the Ministry of Health, more than 30 million masks will be distributed countrywide.

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