The Ministry of Health permanent secretary, Dr Diana Atwine has on Friday received an assortment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA).
The PPEs are meant for the frontline health workers who had dealing with Covid19 cases.
Speaking at the handover, Mr Alain Sibenaler, the UNFPA representative in Uganda said that the Covid19 pandemic has been testing the resilience of health systems, and the capacity to have access to high quality services.
He added and health workers have been increasingly affected by the pandemic which was why UNFPA contributed PPE to the health workers.
“By December last year, we had already contributed PPE worth 730,000 USD (2.7billion Shs) and these were distributed to 46 districts. Today, we are giving another consignment worth 2.4 billion Shs and that comprises of surgical masks, heavy duty aprons, sanitisers, liquid soap among others, and they will be distributed to 42 districts mainly in West Nile, Acholi, Karamoja, East and Western Uganda.”
Upon receiving the items, Dr Atwine commended UNFPA for the donation and for supporting government amidst the pandemic and its priorities such as sexual reproductive health initiatives.
“We are also grateful for the efforts you have invested in the pandemic response since it broke out. The ministry of health further appreciates the support that UNFPA has extended to health facilities in the country,” she said.
She also thanked health workers because they bore more pressure in the country because of the sick patients, limited supplies yet they had to soldier on.