Joint Medical Store has donated at total of 93, 600 N95-white type Masks and 2000 Litres of Clinisafe hand sanitiser worth shs956 million to health workers in 80 selected not to profit hospitals around the country.
The donation also saw 10 selected Members of Parliament benefit.
“Health workers are the first point of contact for patients increasing their risk of exposure. Joint Medical Store being a supply chain organisation therefore thought it wise to protect foot soldiers in the health facilities,” said JMS Executive Director, Dr. Bildard Baguma.
“COVID-19 has had devastating effects on the health sector and economy. Even more worrying is the toll it has had on the health workers with some even sacrificing their lives in the fight against the pandemic. It is therefore prudent everyone gets vaccinated but above all follow the set guidelines and SOPs.”
Dr. Sam Orach the Executive Secretary of the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau hailed JMS for the donation that he said will go a long way in protecting the health workers.
“The overwhelming infections have also affected the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau health work force. Data so far collected from our network up to June 2021 indicates over 2,635 health workers having tested positive and 33% of whom were based in greater Kampala metropolitan mainly because the region has most of the national referral centres for the severe cases,”Dr.Orach said.
The Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau Executive Director, Dr. Tonny Tumwesigye said, “From the first Covid case that was registered in Uganda in March 2020, UPMB has been working tirelessly to raise funds to support member health facilities with personal protective equipment .Unfortunately, 259 health workers contracted COVID-19, but good enough they recovered. We notice that there is still need for more support. This therefore comes to appreciate Joint Medical Store for the donation of face masks to some of our MHFs. We believe with this we shall be able to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.”
The delegation of 10 MPs was led by Dan Kimosho.