Ministry of Health has flagged off basic and other essential items to all institutional quarantine centres in Uganda.
The Ministry of Health, Permanent Secretary, Dr Diana Atwine Wednesday flagged off basic and other essential items to all institutional quarantine centres in 30 districts in Uganda.
The non-medical items ranging from foods to other essentials were sent to various isolation centres and are to be received as donations from various stakeholders in support towards the struggle against deadly coronavirus.
According to Dr Atwine, the items will help in the facilitation of those isolated in these centres as part of the country’s response towards the pandemic that continues to strike lives globally.
As a result, Dr Atwine said that each centre will receive 50 mattresses, 50 blankets, 50 pairs of bed sheets, 500kgs of maize flour, 15 cartons of wheat flour, 50 pieces of washing basins, 40 litres of cooking oil and 250kgs of beans.
They will also receive 14kgs of salt, 250kgs of sugar, 30 cartons of drinking water, four cartons of washing soap, four cartons of bathing soap, 15 litres of Jik, 20 litres of hand sanitizers, 150 pairs of hand gloves, 30 pieces of nose masks, 160 litres of detergents and 250kgs of rice.
As of today, 1,103 individuals are under institutional quarantine and follow up in Uganda. The Ministry of Health says that anyone suspected to be infected with the coronavirus is supposed to be stressed to a 14 – day institutional quarantine.
Meanwhile, the health ministry yesterday registered 13 new COVID-19 cases pushing Uganda’s total number of cases to 139. Since the outbreak of the virus, Uganda as a country is among the few countries worldwide yet to record any deaths from it.
Besides government’s endeavours with its drastic measures that have helped to control the spread of the virus more so among the community members, many individuals and organizations have also provided basic support as a response to the virus.
According to Dr Atwine, donations in the form of money and other essentials towards the COVID-19 fight have been a great boost in mitigating the spread of the virus countrywide.
“This is a great boost to our response towards the virus,” Dr Atwine said while receiving a donation of Personal Protective Equipment kits, Paper kits and N95-Niosh masks worth UGX 3.1Bn from the National Fellowship of Born Again Pentecostal Fellowship Churches yesterday.