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Turkey donates 100 bicycles to fight COVID-19 

By Paul Kiwuuwa

Added 13th May 2020 01:58 PM

The Turkish envoy to Uganda Kerem Alp Tuesday handed over the bicycles to a team of COVID-19 national task force headed by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda at Office the Prime Minister in Kampala.

Turkey donates 100 bicycles to fight COVID-19 

The Turkish envoy to Uganda Kerem Alp Tuesday handed over the bicycles to a team of COVID-19 national task force headed by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda at Office the Prime Minister in Kampala.

COVID-19 

The Turkish government has donated 100 bicycles to the COVID-19 national task force to ease transport for health workers in districts of Ssembabule and Kitgum.


The Turkish envoy to Uganda Kerem Alp Tuesday handed over the bicycles to a team of COVID-19 national task force headed by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda at Office the Prime Minister in Kampala.

"The majority of the health workers in Sembabule and Kitgum districts hospitals lack transport and we have decided to offer 50 bicycles to each of them because they are on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19," Kerem said.

The bicycles according to Kerem are designed to cater for both male and female users.  he said.

Kerem said his company has heeded President Yoweri Museveni's call aimed at supporting the national campaign and also support the health sector that is now challenged by this pandemic."

Rugunda was flanked by Mary Karooro Okurut, the general duties minister also the political advisor to the team, Eng. Emmanuel Katongole (the chairman), Dorothy Kisaka, the Fund's administrator, Robert Kabushenga, and Dr. Ian Clarke(members).

Rugunda thanked the people of Uganda who have been generously contributing whatever they have and for responding positively to President Museveni's call to support the campaign against COVID-19.

Karoro said: "The COVID-19 pandemic is big, we salute all the hearts of Gold who have contributed generously in the fight against the CIVID-19 pandemic.

Generation 7 donation

The NRM youth pressure group dubbed "Generation 7" donated 8000 sanitary pads worth sh3.8m to be used by the teenage girls in Kasese district that have been ravaged by the floods.

Led by the chairperson Gilbert Olinga, they said majority of the girls have been affected by the CIVID-19 lockdown yet they need the pads,  This is a situation affecting the majority of girls  due to lack of sanitary towels ,

Equity Bank donation

Equity Bank Uganda ltd donated two brand new doubles cabin pick both valued at sh400m.

The Equity Bank Uganda limited board chairman Apollo Makubuya, said one pick up was donated by the family of the Group managing director Dr. Mwangi while the other was donated by the Bank.

He said the staff of Equity Bank Uganda limited also contributed from their salaries and bought, personal protection equipment, and face masks worth sh100m.

Makubuya said the Bank also contributed sh25m to the Uganda Bankers Association, the umbrella body that governs the Banks, in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

CITI Bank and JMS donation

Relatedly, CITI Bank group of companies board chairman Geoffrey Kihuguru in conjunction with Joint Medical Stores donated sh390m cash to refurbish and equip the operating theater of Kajansi health center IV.

Kihuguru said CITI Bank group had donated sh270m, while Joint Medical Stores donated sh120m for the rehabilitation of the theater.

He said more patents have overwhelmed the Kajansi Health center IV, yet its operating theater is in poor state and lacks equipment,  because Entebbe grade B hospital had been turned into a COVID -19 treatment  center.

Kalapatura and Indian Association of Uganda

Hareesha Prabhu the vice president Kalapatura Power transmission Ltd, donated one Tata pick up, while the Indian Association of Uganda also donated one Tata pick up.

Others donations

Prashant Bhatia of Burhan Engineering and Cylinders donated 50 cooking gas cylinders filled with cooking gas, worth sh30m to the health workers in Entebbe grade B and Mulago referral hospitals because they are  involved in the fight against COVID-19.

Clive Kamugisha, project manager Sino Uganda Economic Development Special zone in conjunction with Giant U company ltd donated medical disposable masks worth sh189m.

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