Government allocates UGX 314 billion to Ministry of Health to fight COVID-19


By Our Reporter

Today the government has mobilized and provided UGX 314 billion to the Ministry of Health to handle COVID-19.

This was revealed Thursday by Health minister Dr Jane Aceng while updating the public on the health sector’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“What is required for a period of 6 months is UGX 990 Billion to support the COVID-19 response,” she noted.

“We have made a projection of 3.2million tests that will be required in the case of a surge of cases. The country has enough kits to take us through 2 weeks. More are expected tomorrow.”

Aceng said the Ministry intends to undertake intensified active surveillance, community-based surveillance, risk communication and community engagement drive in Isingiro, Ntungamo, Kyotera, Rakai, Masaka and Kalangala districts.

It is through enhanced community vigilance that the surveillance system working with the communities will identify persons who may have travelled to Tanzania or had contact with people from Tanzania and test them.

The relentless global spread of COVID-19 has ignited the need to promote the use of community use of masks.

They prevent infected people from dispersing the virus as they talk, spit or eat, she noted.

The Ministry continues to implement institutional quarantine for two weeks for contacts of confirmed positive cases, and all individuals entering Uganda through porous borders.

With the current pandemic, everyone is potentially infectious.

Currently, 40 districts plus Kampala have institutional quarantine sites, with a total of 1,100 residents as of 13th May, 2020.

Food and non-medical logistics were distributed last week to each of the 32 quarantine sites.

They included 50 mattresses, 50 blankets, 50 pairs of bed sheets, and some infection, prevention, and control items like soap, jik, and sanitizers.