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Rotary Donates PPE, Test Kits worth UGX 1 billion to Fight COVID

According to Rotary District 9211 Governor Francis Xavier Sentamu, Rotarians responded to the most pressing need, following an outcry by the Ministry of Health. He says that the donated PPE will go to the Ministry of Health, in both Uganda and Tanzania.
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Rotary District 9211, comprising Uganda and Tanzania has donated Personal Protective Equipment-PPE and test kits worth  1 billion Shillings to the ministry of health to provide assistance during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

So far, Uganda has confirmed 53 cases of COVID-19. However, more than 2,000 people have been tested for the disease, creating a shortage of both test kits and PPE for health workers.

According to Rotary District 9211 Governor Francis Xavier Sentamu, Rotarians responded to the most pressing need, following an outcry by the Ministry of Health. He says that the donated PPE will go to the Ministry of Health, in both Uganda and Tanzania to help the countries deal with surging demand for PPE driven by misinformation, panic buying, and stockpiling.

"We asked and were told that the ministry only has PPE to last a week. We shall be donating goods in kind and deliver them next week," Sentamu said.

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Last week, Dr Diana Atwine the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health said that the country only had 10 per cent of the required PPE.  Dr Atwine says the donation from Rotary will go along way to helping the government address the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

"We thank Rotary for deciding to step in yet again and help us raise PPE to last us hopefully more than four months. We have worked with them to end Polio in the country and we hope with this partnership we shall be able to stop the spread of COVID-19," Dr Atwine said.

The lack of PPE is a global problem that many countries have been going through. According to the World Health Organisation, there's a global shortage of over 2 million masks, goggles and gloves, yet the capacity to expand PPE production is limited.