COVID-19: Gulu Institute of Health Sciences Lends a Hand in Bridging Funding Gap.

Hon. Okwonga Alfred donates to COVID19 Gulu Task Force

Gulu Institute of health sciences donates 60 boxes of soap to Gulu district COVID-19 task force.

 Alfred Okwonga, the director Gulu Institute of Health Sciences and Gulu School of Nursing has donated 60 boxes of washing soap, 560 liters of liquid soap and a cheque worthy one million shillings to Gulu district COVID-19 Task Force.

Handing over the items to Gulu district COVID-19 task force yesterday afternoon, Okwonga said, “we have taken hygiene as a priority in the fight against COVID19 and our contribution of 1million shilling in cheque to the task force is to help ensure that the Ambulances are refueled on time so as to handle emergency issues besides our people benefiting from it during this lockdown time”.

According to Okwonga, the bars of soap and liquid soap can be given to health facilities and markets within Gulu municipality as he plans to stretch his hands with similar support to the team in Amuru, Omoro and Nwoya district in a bid to ease the fight against this deadly virus.

  Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the chairperson LCV who also doubles as the coordinator of the task force reveal that Okwonga’s support will go a long way in supporting their efforts in fighting the virus.

Okwonga’s contribution is timely and in good gestures following Museveni’s advice that those who wanted to reach out to others could instead channel items through the task force.

According to Museveni, individuals act of charity was good but it exposes people to the danger of contracting the virus since they risk crowding and mixed up with one another without observing the social distance rule which he says is key in combating the spread of the virus.

However, as government grapples with the issue of funds allocation amidst the scare districts have been forced to fig deep into their pockets or even rely on good will ambassadors to deal with the onset of the problem.

 “As I talk right now the district task force has not received even a cent from the central government, we are basically relying on the generosity of people who are coming in to help” Mapenduzi said.

As he appealed to the public to consider supporting the work of the taskforce.

Uganda currently has 53 confirmed cases but all districts have been put on high alert to counter the spread of the virus. Whereas Gulu district has NO confirmed case of COVID-19, at least 23 suspects are under self and institutional quarantine respectively.


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