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Coronavirus: UK officially hands over vital oxygen cylinders to support Uganda’s response to COVID-19

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Coronavirus: UK officially hands over vital oxygen cylinders to support Uganda’s response to COVID-19

Access to oxygen can make the difference between life and death for patients with severe COVID-19

ENTEBBE, Uganda, October 13, 2021 / APO Group / –

On Wednesday October 13, the UK officially handed over 100 oxygen cylinders to Uganda’s national medical stores, to provide life-saving treatment to COVID-19 patients in Uganda.

This support is part of the £ 500,000 (over $ 708,000) the UK pledged to UNICEF Uganda’s COVID-19 appeal in July 2021. The money, which was provided to rapidly ramp up the Uganda’s oxygen delivery capacity and strengthen its production capacity, was used to purchase one hundred 7,500-liter oxygen cylinders for the Mulago National Referral Hospital, COVID-19 treatment center of Namboole; Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, Mbale Regional Referral Hospital and Moroto Regional Referral Hospital and the provision of operational support to 4 oxygen plants for 3 months.

The funding will also allow the purchase, installation and maintenance of a new oxygen plant, at the Kayunga Referral Hospital, and will provide training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to COVID treatment units. -19 in Arua, Mbale, Soroti and Moroto. It will also increase the intensive care capacity of healthcare workers and ensure efficient use of equipment, as well as the protection of healthcare workers when treating the sick, supporting us all.

Andrew Ockenden, Director of Development at the UK High Commission, UNICEF Representative to Uganda in the country, Dr Mohamed El Munir A. Safieldin and the Managing Director of National Medical Stores, Mr Moses Kamabare, attended the ceremony of today’s official discount.

UK Development Director Andrew Ockenden said: “The COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge and the UK continues to be at the forefront of efforts to address it. We are delighted that we were able to provide this immediate support to help the Ugandan health system cope with the ongoing wave of cases, saving lives and strengthening health systems for the future ”.

UNICEF Uganda Representative Dr M. Munir A. Safieldin said: “Access to oxygen can mean the difference between life and death for patients with severe COVID-19. It is also an essential treatment for mothers with birth complications, sick newborns and children with pneumonia, which remains the main infectious disease that still kills a child every 39 seconds (worldwide), although it is preventable and treatable.

Munir said the Ugandan government and UNICEF Uganda are grateful for the UK government’s support, adding that the oxygen will help save the lives of thousands of patients. . In Uganda, the UK also donated testing kits and provided PPE, provided training and helped disseminate messages on COVID-19 prevention, helped children continue to learn through provision of lessons distance learning, provided media training to help fight disinformation and ensure the accuracy of COVID-19. reporting and funding two COVID-19 home isolation rooms for children with cancer in Kampala. The UK was also one of the first countries to support COVAX and to date has committed £ 548million to ensure global access to vaccines and has consistently called on other donors to step up their support. Through the COVAX Fair Access Facility, Uganda has received over one million Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

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