The Ministry of Health has received medical equipment worth USD 250,000 to boost the COVID-19 response in Uganda. This donation was made by the Government of Ireland through its Embassy in Uganda in partnership with World Health Organization Uganda.
The equipment includes; – 60 Hand-held Pulse Oximeters – 49 Oxygen Concentrators – 31 High Flow Nasal Cannulas among others and will be used to strengthen care for severe and critically ill COVID-19 patients.
After receiving the equipment, the Minister for Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng took to twitter and said:
“I appreciate the Government of Ireland and the World Health Organization- Uganda for the generous donation of medical equipment to manage our severe and critically ill COVID-19 patients. This generous donation is as a result of partnership and collaboration. We’ve had unwavering support from our partners.”
The equipment received will be deployed at the regional referral hospitals across the country.
This comes shortly after the Government of the Republic of Korea donated 100,000 KF94 masks towards the COVID-19 response in Uganda. The masks were received by the Minister for State in Charge of Primary Health Care Honorable Moriku Joyce and the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr Diana Atwine.
The masks will be given to health workers at the various health facilities that COVID-19 treatment units across the country. This donation is a boost to the efforts already undertaken by the Government to protect the health workers from contracting the infection.
The government of India in Uganda also donated an assortment of drugs worth USD 248,000. The medicines will be stocked at the various Government health facilities in the country to boost management of COVID-19 and other diseases.
According to the results released by the Ministry of Health on 29th September 2020, Uganda has so far registered 8,017 COVID-19 cases, 4,033 recoveries and 75 deaths. Globally, the total number of registered cases is 33,642,602, recoveries are 25,175,272 and the total number of deaths is 1,007,769.