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Health workers from Mulago, Butabika and Kiruddu hospitals receive training on COVID-19 case management. PHOTO/TWITTER

A total of 180 frontline health workers from Mulago, Butabika and Kiruddu hospitals receive training on COVID-19 case management.

Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with Seed Global Health on Thursday held training for 180 frontline health workers on how best they can avoid contracting the coronavirus as they carry out their day to day duties of treating the COVID-19 patients.

A total of 180 frontline health workers from Mulago, Butabika and Kiruddu hospitals were trained about COVID-19 case management, continuity of essential health services and infection control and prevention. 

According to the MOH, this is part of the government’s plan to have the doctors and nurses in addition to other health practitioners remain health despite being at the frontline in treating COVID-19 patients countrywide.

In recent weeks, Uganda has registered many infections involving doctors and nurses. Up to date, close to 30 health practitioners in the country have contracted the coronavirus.

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The Ministry recently, organized a team of scientists and researchers countrywide to establish among others the criteria and conditions under which these health workers contracted the virus.

Meanwhile, as plans to fight the novel coronavirus continue, the MOH yesterday received additional financial assistance from the Embassy of Denmark in Uganda to support in the battle.

Funds totalling to $1,000,000 was extended as financial support from the Denmark embassy through the World Health Organization Uganda to the Ministry of Health to support the country in its battle against the COVID-19.

According to the health minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the money is going to be tasked on procurement of testing kits and additional protective gear for the frontline health workers from all the different referral hospitals.

“The grant will be used to procure test kits and additional protective gear for frontline health workers in the response,” a statement from Dr Aceng read.

“Uganda has a great need for testing kits and this grant comes as a boost to our testing capacity. This will help in combing out COVID-19 infections from the communities. Thank you for the support and steadfast partnership,” the statement added.

The MOH also continues to carry out the grassroots distribution of face masks countrywide as another measure to curb the virus spread. As of today, 2,220,601 face masks have been distributed to eight districts including Amuru, Kyotera, Busia, Adjumani, Isingiro, Rakai, Moyo and Arua.

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Ministry of Health and with Seed Global Health on Thursday held training for 180 frontline health workers.

According to the Minister of State for Primary Health Care, Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu, this is part of the government’s plan to effectively control the spread of the ongoing coronavirus.

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Dr Moriku said that the distribution of masks will be done countrywide but first they have started with countries close to the borders because in recent weeks they have proved epitomic.

“My heartfelt appreciation also goes to the District Task Force for COVID-19 of Moyo district for your commitment towards the fight of Coronavirus. Together we can make a difference in the struggle,” Dr Moriku said while launching the grassroots distribution of face masks in Moyo District earlier this week.