Southern Range Nyanza Limited also known as Nytil has donated a total of 30,000 facemasks to Kampala Capital City Authority.
The donation was handed to KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago by Nytil’s head of marketing, Jimmy Mutesasira at a function held at City Hall.
“We are glad to work with KCCA to help fight the pandemic. As Nytil this is the launch of our campaign to support essential workers in our efforts to fight the spread of the virus,” Mutesaasira said.
He said the campaign to be handled through KCCA will donate other items like bedsheets and other protective gear will be given donated to hospitals whereas vendors who sleep in markets as part of the president’s directive will be supported with facemask and other items.
“We pledge our support to KCCA, government and members of the public in the fight against the virus. Last year we donated shs100 million to the Covid task force but we also call upon other manufacturers to join this fight.”
Mutesasira said they will donate similar items to many other government agencies.
Speaking at the function, Kampala Lord Mayor applauded Nytil for augmenting KCCA’s efforts to fight the pandemic.
“We are excited for this wonderful contribution towards the fight against Covid and appreciate this gesture of responding to our call. We ask other good Samaritans to come out and support KCCA in the fight against the virus,” Lukwago said.
KCCA Executive Director, Dorothy Kisaka said the donation will go a long way in boosting their efforts in fighting the virus after Kampala being declared the epicenter of its spread.
“Masks are a basic need that if you use today, tomorrow you will need it again. This donation will go a long way in supporting our frontline workers,” she noted.
Uganda has registered 81034 Covid cases since March 2020 when the first case was detected but Kampala accounts for the largest percentage of these numbers.
The results for June,29,2021 by the Ministry of Health indicate that of the 1057 cases recorded around the country, Kampala alone accounted for 496 cases.
Uganda has lost a total of 1061 people to the deadly Coronavirus since March last year.
Following the outbreak of the pandemic last year, the Ministry of Health issued several Standard Operating Procedures including wearing of facemasks, washing of hands, sanitizing and social distancing.