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Nakaseke district gets sh98m for coronavirus

By Geoffrey Mutegeki

Added 1st April 2020 01:57 PM

Ignatius Koomu, the district LC5 Chairperson commended the Chinese enterprises for the solidarity in fighting the pandemic that is sweeping through the world.

Nakaseke district gets sh98m for coronavirus

Liao Shen Industrial Park Managing director Zhang Hao (first from Right) with other officials during the meeting. Photo /Courtesy

Ignatius Koomu, the district LC5 Chairperson commended the Chinese enterprises for the solidarity in fighting the pandemic that is sweeping through the world.

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A total of sh98m has been donated to Nakaseke district to enable it to purchase and secure medical equipment and drugs for advance preparation of the deadly novel coronavirus that is ravaging the world.

The donation from Kapeeka Liao Shen Industrial Park and other enterprises within the park was made on Saturday at a small function held at Kapeeka, in Nakaseke district.

The donation comes at a time when Uganda has confirmed 44 cases of COVID-19 and is taking stringent measures to ensure the virus does not spread further to the population.

Zhang Hao, the Managing Director of Liao Shen Industrial Park asked Ugandans to remain safe and follow guidelines issued by President Museveni and the Ministry of Health.

"The most important thing is prevention. I call upon everyone to be vigilant and work together to fight this pandemic," Zhang said.

He also thanked all the enterprises in the park for their selfless dedication and spirit in fighting against the COVID-19 and for making donations in times of crisis.

Ignatius Koomu, the district LC5 Chairperson commended the Chinese enterprises for the solidarity in fighting the pandemic that is sweeping through the world.

"We are very excited about the donation. I call upon the people of Nakaseke to remain calm and avoid exposing themselves to the virus by following the guidelines by the government," Koomu said

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Liao Shen Industrial Park and Nakaseke district leaders during the meeting to mobilise resources for COVID-19

He noted that as a district, they are sensitizing the masses on the importance of washing hands with water and soap, social distancing and report to health authorities if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

"Coronavirus is here; it is our responsibility to make sure it does not spread further. Let everyone take personal responsibility to avoid contracting the virus. It is not government to save you from it but you yourself. That is how we are going to win this pandemic," Koomu said.

During the break of the pandemic in China, Liao Shen Industrial Park also mobilized essential medical supplies and sent to China.

General Salim Saleh, and Managing Directors of different enterprises in the Park also attended the meeting.

General Salim Saleh contributed sh10m towards the fight of the pandemic.

He applauded the contributions made by Chinese entrepreneurs to Ugandan Community.

Wang Li Cai, the Director of Holy Love, a LED bulb making factory who donated sh5m on top of his company's donation of sh5m promised to lobby for more support from China.

He said he is also looking for avenues of sending the needed medical equipments to Uganda. 

In return, the leaders of Nakaseka district and Kapeeka sub-county also expressed their appreciation to Liao Shen Industrial Park and pledged to use the fund to combat the spread of the pandemic in their region.

The ceremony was kept brief with strict health measures.

As of April 1, a total of 873,767 cases of coronavirus including 43,288 fatalities have been officially declared worldwide since the start of the pandemic according to Johns Hopkins University and Medicine.

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