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Luweero District Drafts Ugx 57M Budget for COVID-19 Fight

Ronald Ndawula the LC 5 Chairman of Luweero district says that the budget was tabled before District Executive Committee and Chief Administrative Officer asked to make reallocation within the budget to realise the money to ensure the activities are done to prevent the disease.
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Luweero District has drafted a budget of 57 million shillings to facilitate health workers and the Task Force committee to fight the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID - 19).

Uganda has confirmed 23 cases of the Coronavirus disease.

Luweero district is currently overwhelmed with distress calls and atleast 38 cases of suspected COVID-19 patients have been reported. But all tested negative.

As result, the Luweero District Health Officer, Dr. Innocent Nkonwa has presented a budget of 57 million shillings to facilitate health workers and Task Force to prevent the disease in the district.

According to the budget seen by URN Reporter, shillings 11 millions is needed for coordination of the district task force meetings and field visits, shillings eight millions for surveillance whereas shillings 27 millions will cater for social mobilization and risk communication.

The budget also includes 930,000 shillings to facilitate policemen to enforce the directives and five million shillings to cater for isolation facility at Nyimbwa Health Center.

Ronald Ndawula, the LC 5 Chairman of Luweero district says that the budget was tabled before District Executive Committee and Chief Administrative Officer asked to make re-allocations from the budget to realise the money to ensure the activities are carried out.

Ndawula adds that they are expectant that government will make disbursement to top up on the budget because the district is overwhelmed with alerts which need follow up.

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Phoebe Namulindwa, the Chairperson of District COVID -19 Task Force says that they have secured supplies from National Medical Supplies and expect another batch on Monday.

Namulindwa who is also Resident District Commissioner says the task force needed facilitation to function and enforce the measures.

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The Luweero District Chief Administrative Officer, Godfrey Kuruhiira was unavailable to comment on the budget.

Meanwhile, Luweero district has retained only 41 staff at district headquarters and sent home close to 59 in order to decongest the district in line with new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

In Nakasongola district, authorities are hunting for 103 million shillings also to facilitate the health workers and task force to fight the disease.  

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