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By Our Reporter
Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) in partnership with Total Uganda and Stanbic bank has donated UGX 120 million worth of fuel to the Ministry of Health to support their efforts towards the Coronavirus fight.
The contribution that was handed over to the Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng and the Permanent Secretary Dr. Diana Atwine, will support the movement of the health teams while tracing COVID 19 patients country wide and delivery of samples to the national testing centres.
Speaking during the handover, Uganda Breweries Managing Director Alvin Mbugua said; “At UBL, we recognize that we are all connected. Our businesses and the entire economy can only be robust if the communities around us are healthy – that is why we have joined this cause to ensure we are all safe. UBL has previously donated 100 mattresses to isolation centres and we will continue to explore longer term partnerships and interventions to assist the government to overcome this crisis.”
Dr Aceng expressed her gratitude to the members of the private sector for their contribution towards the fight against Covid19. “We must all work together as a country to slow the pace of the outbreak, help communities protect their most vulnerable members and accelerate the development of the tools needed to get rid of this pandemic. We appreciate the contributions that have been made by Uganda Breweries, Total Uganda and Stanbic Bank and we call upon others to help out in whichever way they can, Dr Aceng noted.
Total Uganda’s Head of Communication, Ms Sheila Tusiime, said, “As the Ministry of Health, Government of Uganda and World Health Organization continue to work tirelessly to ensure that we flatten the curve of the spread of Covid19, we hope that our contribution can go a long way in assisting them in these trying times.”
Stanbic Bank CSR Manager Barbara Kasekende said, “Uganda’s wellbeing and that of the Bank are interdependent. As such our humble contribution is the ultimate expression of our national responsibility and commitment to Uganda’s growth. We are partnering with the Ministry of Health and other private sector players to support Government efforts to curb the spread and
risk of the COVID-19 with a contribution of Ushs 40 million.”
The Ministry of Health is currently enforcing measures to ensure that they slow down the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. Some of the measures that have been put in place include; educating communities about how to mitigate the spread of this virus, encouraging people to stay at home, social distancing, providing access to basic services, and fighting stigma.