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Kitgum COVID-19 Task-force Receives PPE Worth UGX 87.5 Million

The PPE comprises surgical masks, N95 respirators, examination and surgical gloves, heavy-duty aprons, bio-hazard bags, protective gaggles, hand sanitizers and liquid soap donated by UNFPA under the Women, Adolescents and Youth Rights and Empowerment-WAY program.
Kitgum District covid-19 taskforce members recieve the donation on Friday. Photo By Julius Ocungi

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Kitgum District COVID-19 taskforce has received an assortment of Personal Protective Equipment- PPE worth 87.5 million Shillings.

The PPE comprises surgical masks, N95 respirators, examination and surgical gloves, heavy-duty aprons, bio-hazard bags, protective gaggles, hand sanitizers and liquid soap donated by UNFPA under the Women, Adolescents and Youth Rights and Empowerment-WAY program.   

Dr Simon Omeke, the UNFPA Programme Coordinator, says the donation is meant to support health workers in hospitals and health centres to strengthen the fight against Covid-19. 

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At least eight front line health workers in the country have tested positive for coronavirus Disease in the country.  Dr Omeke says the support is geared towards helping the health workers in government hospitals and lower health centres.

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The PPEs are part of a larger consignment worth 807 million Shilling, donated by UNFPA to support health workers in Acholi and West Nile regions.  Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, William Komakech says the donation will help ease the work of frontline health workers in the district.

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Kitgum District Chairperson Jackson Omona says pressure is piling on the General Hospital from neighbouring districts, which have increased demand for Personal Protective Equipment.

Kitgum District has already registered one case of COVID-19. The Patient from Pandwong Cell in Kitgum Municipality was evacuated to Gulu Treatment Centre.

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