By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Uganda’s telecommunication network service provider, Airtel has awarded the health minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, and other frontline health workers for their great contribution in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic ever since Uganda reported her first case in March 2020.
The awards come at the time when Uganda has been ranked the 10th position in the word and being number one on the African continent as champions in the fight against the deadly Covid-19 that has since put the world on tenterhooks.
“I am humbled and honoured to receive an award from Airtel Uganda in recognition of my contribution to the fight against COVID-19 in #Uganda. This award, more-so, a day before Independence Day has re-energised me to do more” Dr. Aceng tweeted.
”Airtel has also honoured and presented to me an award for our frontline medical workers recognizing them for insurmountable contribution in the fight against COVID-19. Thank you to my teams for your hard work, sleepless nights and keeping us safe and alive, you are the best” Dr. Aceng added.
The awards were presented to the minister on Thursday by the legal officer, Airtel Uganda Mr Denis Abigaba Kakonge at the ministry’s head office in Kampala.
Senior Public Relations officer for the health ministry Emmanuel Ainebyona said the awards were gratefully received by health workers and applauded Airtel Uganda for the support the company has rendered towards the fight against COVID-19 in Uganda including a donation of call centres for COVID-19 operations and much more.
It’s worth noting that in April, shortly after the outbreak of Covid-19, Airtel Uganda contributed 1.2BN shillings to the Ministry of Health towards Covid-19 response and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for frontline medical workers worth millions.
In the same vein, the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr.Diana Atwine also commended Airtel Uganda for the gesture at such a time of need, “Right from the time the outbreak began, Airtel has been with us, they have been supporting our policies and messages, helping disseminate the right information to our people, opened special channels for donations, and so much more and we are grateful for the support,” she noted.
Uganda has so far registered 9442 COVID-19 cases and 5781 have recovered from the deadly disease while 85 people have died since pandemic’s outbreak in March 2020.