The Prime Minister Ms Robinah Nabbanja has said provision of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE’s) to frontline health workers will boost the fight against the spread of Covid 19 as the country awaits delivery of more vaccines.
“The pandemic we are trying to fight is not an easy one since it is ravaging the whole world, the numbers are going down and this is commendable largely to role of health workers. I saw medical workers cry the other day they didn’t have PPE’s which puts their life at stake, let’s make health workers first priority” she said.
Ms Nabbanja made the remarks on Tuesday while receiving PPE’s that included one million FFP2 face masks, 54,600 antigenic testing kits and nine Osiris3 respirators from the French Government valued at UGX 10.8 billion at the National Medical Stores (NMS) in Entebbe.
The Ambassador of France to Uganda Mr Jules-Armand Aniambossou said the donation was a gesture of solidarity towards a friendly country in the fight against a common enemy, urging need for a joint response to the Covid 19 pandemic that is straining health systems.
“My President Emmanuel Macron has made several attempts to rally the international community in favour of the poorest countries, especially in Africa. At the G7 summit last February, Macron called on Europe and developed countries to allocate 4 to 5 percent of their Covid – 19 vaccine stocks to the Covax facility for the benefit of the poorest countries, especially Africa” he said.
Mr Aniambossou said it is estimated that developing countries would need nearly two billion doses of vaccines by the end of 2021 in order to protect at least 20 percent of the populations.
The Minister of Health Ms Jane Ruth Aceng said the PPE’s are a big boost and will go an extra mile to enable health workers carry out their duties accordingly in various health facilities involved in the fight against the Covid 19 pandemic.
The NMS Principal Public Relations Officer, Ms Sheilla Nduhukire said NMS will distribute the donated items to respective public health facilities upon receiving dispatch instructions from the Ministry of Health.
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