, 01 October, 2020 / 7:10 PM
At least 900 health workers serving in dozens of Catholic facilities spread across Uganda have benefitted from Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from the Government of Germany through its Embassy in the country in a bid to support the fight against COVID-19 in the East African nation, Radio Sapientia reported Wednesday, September 30.
Donated by the Federal Republic of Germany, the items worth Eur.100,000.00 were given to “55 Catholic lower-level health facilities,” the Catholic Radio that is owned by the members of the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) reported.
“The first 55 benefiting lower health units have got at least 900 health workers who need protection as they strive to save lives of Ugandans and refugees from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that is keeping the entire world on tenterhooks,” the Germany Ambassador in Uganda, Matthias Schauer has been quoted as saying during the ceremony that flagged off the truck carrying the equipment.
Ambassador Schauer added, “This support is aimed to enhance the preparedness and response capacity of the health facilities to handle patients with infectious diseases including SARS-CoV-2 virus disease (COVID-19), contain further spread of the infection and ensure the continuation of health services provided by these facilities.”
The donation that includes gloves, foot and eye protection, hard hats and full body suits will be “extended to most areas at risk of contracting COVID-19 in 8 border districts located within the Catholic Dioceses of Arua, Hoima, Kabale, Kotido, Masaka, Mbarara, Moroto and Tororo,” according to the September 30 report.
Various Church leaders in Uganda took part in the flagging off ceremony that took place at the Uganda Catholic Secretariat including Bishop Robert Muhiirwa of Fort Portal Diocese, Archbishop Emanuel Obbo of Tororo, Archbishop Lambert Bainomugisha of Mbarara, Bishop Callistus Rubaramira of Kabale and UEC Secretary General, Msgr. John Baptist Kauta.
Speaking at the event, Bishop Muhiirwa who doubles as the chairman of the Health Commission of UEC expressed his gratitude to the Government of Germany for the donation.
He appealed for more support to meet the needs of the 311 health facilities that are managed by the Catholic Church in the country.
The Ugandan Bishop said that the Catholic health facilities “are serving all Ugandans especially those in need and now that churches have re-opened and other places of worship, more protection and support are urgently needed against COVID-19.”
On his part, the Executive Secretary of the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau, Dr. Sam Orach, said, “Uganda has entered Level Four of the COVID-19 pandemic where the infection is no longer just in clusters.”
“Government health facilities are getting overwhelmed hence the need for support through the private partnership, which calls for more financial and material support from the donor community to protect Ugandans,” Dr. Orach has been quoted as saying in the September 30 Radio Sapientia report.
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