Covid-19: Total donates medical equipment to Buliisa

Items donated by Total E&P Uganda to Buliisa District Covid-19 Taskforce at Buliisa District Headquarters on Friday. (Photo: Zephaniah Ikiriza)

Total E&P Uganda has donated medical equipment worth Shs36m to Buliisa District Covid-19 Taskforce to protect health workers against contracting Covid-19 while executing their duties.

The items that were handed over yesterday (Friday) included 10 infrared thermometers, 30 pairs of dry cells, disposable and reusable gloves, 50 pairs of gum-boots and 150 reflector jackets.

Others are 10 jerry cans of liquid soap, five jerry cans of sanitizers, 50 bottles of JIK, 39 hand spray pumps and two 20-litre-spray pumps.

The oil giant also donated 10 boxes of bar soap, 50 pieces of protective gowns, 30 face shields and face masks and coveralls.

Some of the items Total E&P donated to Buliisa District Covid-19 Taskforce being displayed. Credit: Zephaniah Ikiriza

Handing over the items on behalf of Total E&P Uganda, the Uganda Red Cross Society Public Relations Officer, Ms Irene Nakasiita, said the oil company donated the same items to Nwoya district to enhance health workers’ protection against contracting coronavirus.

She added that Total chose to donate two categories of items including relief food and medical items.

Audio: Ms Irene Nakasiita on donation (Eng)
Gum-boots, liquid soap, bar soap, reflector jackets were some of the items Total E&P Uganda donated to Buliisa Covid-19 Taskforce on Friday. (Photo: Zephaniah Ikiriza)

Speaking at the function, the Buliisa District LC 5 chairman, Mr Simon Agaba Kinene, hailed Total for the generosity saying the donation was timely. He also said the oil company always supports the district.

“Total has always been at the side of the district. Even before coronavirus, the [oil] company used to give support to the district.”

Mr Kinene called upon other well-wishers within and outside Buliisa district to support the health sector and the community that lacks food especially at landing sites of Lake Albert.

The politician urged the district health sector to use the items appropriately and also share them equally amongst health centres that are able to handle Covid-19 cases to guard against contracting the disease.

Uganda Red Cross Society Public Relations Officer, Ms Irene Nakasiita, displays a reflector jacket donated to Buliisa District Covid-19 Taskforce as Buliisa District LC 5 Chairman, Mr Simon Agaba Kinene (right) looks on at Buliisa District headquarters. Credit:Zephaniah Ikiriza

At the function that was held at the district headquarters, the District Health Officer, Mr Amos Asiimwe, said that health care givers at different health centres in the district lacked Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) especially face masks, thus, causing panic among them.

He also said there was lack of infrared thermometers to measure people’s temperature before handling them.

“Many health care workers in the world have lost their lives to Covid-19 due to lack of protective gears. But Total has done a wonderful job to think about protecting the lives of medical workers,” he said.

Items donated by Total E&P to Buliisa District Covid-19 Taskforce (Photo: Zephaniah Ikiriza)

Many organisations and individual people including Dolica Adventist Community Initiative, BIRUDO, Kakindo Orphans Care, Masindi Muslim community, Mr Allan Atugonza, director of Adonia Guest House Buliisa, Wat Agencies and the district woman MP, Ms Norah Bigirwa Nyendwoha among others have so far donated to Buliisa Covid-19 Taskforce.

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