Joint Medical Stores (JMS), a private pharmaceutical store, has donated 93,600 N95-white type masks and 2000 Litres of Hand sanitizer to health facilities to boost the fight against Covid-19 in various communities in Uganda.
Out of the donation, 73,600 masks will go directly to 80 selected Private Not for Profit health facilities (PNFPs) and 20,000 masks with 2000 litres of sanitiser will go to Health workers in 80 Private Not for Profit health facilities within 10 Constituencies country wide.
While handing over this donation worth Shs 956,248,300, Dr. Bildard Baguma, the Executive Director of JMS, expressed the need to protect the dedicated health workers who are at high risk of contracting the virus in the course of their work.
“Health workers are the first point of contact for patients increasing their risk of exposure. Joint Medical Store being a supply chain organization, therefore, thought it wise to protect foot soldiers in the health facilities,” Baguma said.
He further urged the public to take extra caution by getting vaccinated, following Ministry of Health Standard Operating Procedures like wearing masks properly, ensuring social distance and sanitizing.
Dr. Sam Orach, the Executive Secretary of the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau, one of the funders, revealed that the overwhelming infections in the country greatly affected their work force.
“Data so far collected from our network up to June 2021 indicates over 2,635 health workers having tested positive (1,353 male, 1,277 female), 33% of whom were based in greater Kampala metropolitan mainly because the region has most of the national referral centres for the severe cases. However, as a network, we have so far lost 35 “documented” health workers to the pandemic,” Orach added.
Dr. Tonny Tumwesigye Executive Director Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) noted that since the first COVID-19 case that was registered in Uganda in March 2020, UPMB has been working tirelessly to raise funds to support Member Health Facilities (MHFs) with Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).
“Unfortunately, 259 health workers from 59 Member Health Facilities contracted COVID-19, but good enough they recovered. We notice that there is still need for more support.”
Hon. Dan Kimosho Atwijukire, the leader of the 10 Members of Parliament delegation welcomed this support and called upon all other stable Organizations in the country to extend support to various communities in need.
The ten (10) members of parliament who witnessed this ceremony include Hon Anna Adeke from Soroti district, Hon Anywar Ricky Richard, Agago West County , Hon Lagen David Atuka of Agago County, Hon Feta Geoffrey, Ayivu East, Hon Akol Anthony, Kilak North Ojara Martin Mapenduzi, Gulu west , Hon Atima Jackson, Arua central and Hon T’wala Fadil ofTingey County.