By Spy Uganda
Fort Portal: On Thursday morning, July 1, 2021, Hon. Alex Ruhunda (Fort Portal Tourism City MP) and Hon. Linda Irene (Woman MP Fort Portal) donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other various drugs used in the fight against COVID-19 to Buhinga Regional Referral Hospital in the fight to kick the disease out of Uganda.
The donation valued in millions was dedicated to the most vulnerable patients who may not afford the huge bills that come with COVID-19 treatment and the front line health workers who need PPEs while handling COVID-19 cases.
Among the donations seen by our spy included zink, azthrow, face masks, gloves among others that were received by the deputy Hospital Director Dr. Kaliisa Kyebambe, Mr.Muhindo Louis who is the hospital administrator and Dr.Solomon Mulinzi, the Chairperson COVID-19 task Force Buhinga hospital.
Hon. Ruhunda and Linda’s donation comes at a time when the country is grappling with the second wave of COVID-19 that has seen the country losing over 10000 Ugandans including health workers.
According to sources from the Ministry of Health, most of these health workers who have succumbed to the disease died due to among other reasons, lack of adequate PPEs while treating COVID-19 patients.
“The situation is critical, many people are working without PPE,” Dr. Mukuzi Muhereza, secretary-general for the country’s health workers’ body, the Uganda Medical Association, said days back.
Supplies of PPEs or personal protective equipment, such as gloves, face masks, face shields, aprons and others were insufficient in most hospitals, he said.
“That is hampering the fight against COVID-19 because there’s fear among health workers that any time I touch a patient I might be a COVID patient myself,” he said.