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Dr Aceng donates her sh20m to Lira COVID-19 taskforce

By Hudson Apunyo

Added 16th May 2020 12:57 PM

The district chairperson Alex Oremo was equally impressed by the decision of the minister, who he said had earlier sent 4000 litres of sanitizer to the district.

Dr Aceng donates her sh20m to Lira COVID-19 taskforce

District taskforce members Alex Oremo and RDC Milton Odongo receive the sh20m from George William Ssewamala, the personal assistance to the Minister of Health (2R) flanked by a friend Adan Alengo and Patrick Ogwok, principal Laboratory Technologist in the Ministry of Health ( C). Photo by Hudson Apunyo

The district chairperson Alex Oremo was equally impressed by the decision of the minister, who he said had earlier sent 4000 litres of sanitizer to the district.

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LIRA - Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has handed over her parliamentary sh20m to Lira district task force to help in the fight against COVID-19.

George William Ssewamala, the personal assistant to the minister who delivered the money emphasized that the money should be put to proper used and accounted for because it's public money.

He delivered a letter of instruction on how the money should be used to the Lira Resident District Commissioner (RDC) and the Chief Administration Officer (CAO). "This money should be used in the fight against Covid-19," he stressed

The deputy CAO Paul Samuel Mbiiwa, who received the money expressed gratitude to the minister for her good gesture. "When you go back, reassure her that we have received this money and as directed by the Ministry of Finance, the money would be banked on the district general accounts, the council will have a supplementary.

He said the supplementary will be done by the executive on behalf of the council then the money sent to the single treasury accounts in the Ministry of Finance and then it can be brought back for use by the district as per the work plans of the district task force on COVID-19.

"We pledge that we are going to follow all the guidelines as they are being given to us from time to time especially, from the health and finance ministries."

The district chairperson Alex Oremo was equally impressed by the decision of the minister, who he said had earlier sent 4000 litres of sanitizer to the district.

"We are aware she has no constituency but for her love, she has chosen Lira to be her constituency."

Oremo appealed to the central government to assist his office with a vehicle since he has offered his official vehicle to be used in supporting COVID-19 activities, especially carrying mothers to hospital.

He also appealed to the minister to help the district with an ambulance in her subsequent donation.

Patrick Ogwok, the principal laboratory technologist in the Ministry of Health who had been on assessment visit in Lango sub-region said Lira is well prepared to handle COVID-19.

Ogwok said he assessed the Regional Referral Hospital where the isolation centre and treatment facility is located and found it good.

The facility that has been in use for mental health is set to be used as the treatment centre for COVID-19 patients.

Three confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being treated at the facility, which Ogwok said meets the standards of WHO and Ministry of Health.

Ogwok said he also visited Apac hospital, Oyam and Aber hospital also in Apac and Loro Prison, where the assessment was taking place.

The RDC handed over a two years plan of fighting COVID-19 to be delivered to the minister.

In the plan, they intend to construct an isolation unit for any kind of epidemic that may come.

Franco Ojur, a presidential advisor who attended the ceremony said members of the community are happy about the manner in which the Ministry of Health is handling the COVID-19 situation. 

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