By Simon Abaho
The Danish government has extended Shs5b support to Uganda towards the implementation of Covid-19 resurgence plan.
Mr. Henrk Jespersen, the head of cooperation at the Danish embassy, said the grant will help in strengthening the management of overall response to the pandemic as well as procuring more lifesaving supplies such as oxygen cylinders, Intensive Care Unit beds, and backup generators for regional hospitals such as Jinja, Gulu, and Kabale.
“Many people have lost their dear ones, numerous medical staff are infected and some regretfully have died. From the publications we read, some of these deaths were actually avoidable: like those who died due to lack of oxygen or space at health facilities,” Mr. Jespersen said yesterday.
Mr. Jespersen said the grant will be managed by World Health Organisation (WHO) and implementation will be by the Ministry of Health and district health Covid-19 response teams.
Dr. Yonas Woldemariam, the WHO country representative, said the money will be used for national and district level coordination, strengthening the capacity of infection reporting and response, and contributing towards the management of critical and severe cases.
Last year, the Danish embassy gave Uganda an Shs16b grant for the emergency response to Covid-19 outbreak, and Shs9b was channeled through WHO.
Meanwhile, the government has called upon developed countries to advocate for Covid vaccines for developing countries that are struggling with access.
Dr. Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health, yesterday said every opportunity to access vaccines should be granted to Africa so that they are able to save lives and reopen the economy.