By Sadique Bamwita
The government of India has contributed a consignment of drugs worth Shs 922m boosted to Uganda to help fight the spread of COVID-19/corona virus. The drugs include hydrochrine tablets, bicalutamide tablets, brufen, cefotaxime sodium powder and aziythromycin among others.
While receiving the consignment in Entebbe, the Minister of state for primary Health care, Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu, said the consignment of drugs has come timely and will help to combat COVID-19 which is now at
the community level.
“The medicine is to support COVID-19 patients and we shall give accountability in a transparent manner. It shall be given to the right beneficiaries.
Dr. Kaducu said this time round there is need to shift the intervention from Institutional level to the community level due to overwhelming number of COVID-19 patients in gazetted institutional quarantine centers.
“Uganda is in phase four of the pandemic and the infections are all over the community. This calls for a new strategy that’s community led strategy and this time round the community should take full responsibility of their health. We call for self isolation in own homes and the drugs will be taken in the community. The risk elderly persons can be managed in the hospital.
Ajay Kumar, the High Commissioner of India in Uganda, said his government chose to donate to the government of Uganda because it’s one of the successful countries in the fight against COVID-19.