Covid 19: Church Calls For Ppe Support For Health Workers – New Vision

The Catholic Church has 310, not-for-profit health facilities including medical schools supplementing the government’s role of providing quality health care to people in the country.

COVID 19: Church calls for PPE support for health workers

Matthias Schauer the German Ambassador to Uganda flagging off Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to health facilities as religious leaders look on. This was at the Catholic Secretariat in Kampala, Wednesday September 30, 2020. Photos by Lawrence Mulondo

The Catholic Church has 310, not-for-profit health facilities including medical schools supplementing the government’s role of providing quality health care to people in the country.

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KAMPALA – The Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau has called on people and entities to fundraise for Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to health workers in church based facilities, to protect them from the deadly COVID -19.

The bureau’s Executive Secretary, Sam Orochi Orach, said health facilities under dioceses that border other countries, especially health centre IIs have not received PPEs.
 
“The supports we have so far given to our facilities have reached a small fraction of the 296 health facilities of the catholic church,” he said.

The Catholic Church has 310, not-for-profit health facilities including medical schools supplementing the government’s role of providing quality health care to people in the country.

So far, all health facilities under the church in Lira and Soroti dioceses have received no support in terms of PPEs.

Orach said the church sent the limited support it had to hospitals and health centre IVs living out others especially health centre IIs whom he said were not hotspots for the pandemic by then.

“Even in those dioceses where we have given support, many facilities especially those on a lower level have not received PPEs,” he explained.

Matthias Schauer the German Ambassador to Uganda (extreme R) interacting with Emmanuel Obbo the Tororo Archbishop (Second Raw L-R) Callistus Rubaramira the bishop Kabale diocese and Msgr. John Baptist Kauta the Secretary General Uganda Episcopal Conference.

According to Orach, lower level facilities are ones where the cases may first report, as was the case in Namisindwa district recently.

Uganda has so far registered 7,777 cases of COVID – 19 with 1,740 active cases and 75 deaths.

Relief

To help extend protection against COVID-19 to more medical workers, Germany Cooperation has donated PPEs to 55 lower level health facilities under the Catholic Church in eight border dioceses.

The 55 health facilities are Arua, Hoima, Kabale, Kotido, Masaka, Mbarara, Moroto and Tororo dioceses. 

The equipment included hand sanitizers, surgical gloves, theatre masks, eye protective shields, reusable aprons, infra-red thermometers, coverall gowns, liquid soap among others.

The items worth approximately sh434m are an addition of other medical equipment donations German has sent to the people of Uganda to help fight the pandemic.

The German Ambassador to Uganda Matthias Schauer said the initial highest infection rates were at the borders but has shifted to the cities where community cases are on the rise.

“Having more cases in cities does not mean that the infections at the borders have decreased, it’s just that the focus has shifted from the relevant borders to the cities,” he said.

Matthias Schauer sanitizing before the flagging off Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

Schauer made the remarks while flagging off PPEs to health facilities at the Catholic Secretariat in Kampala, Wednesday (September 30, 2020).

Schauer revealed that health workers are doing an admirable job and must be helped to protect themselves, their families and communities.

The chairman Catholic Health Commission Bishop Robert Muhiwa said the government alone cannot fight the pandemic calling on people to play their different roles well.

“It is at this fourth stage of the pandemic that we need to sensitize the public more on preventing COVID 19 especially now that places of worship have been opened.

In attendance was the Secretary General, Uganda Episcopal Conference, Msgr. John Baptist Kauta, Bishop of Kabale diocese Callistus Rubaramira, Bishop of Mbarara diocese Lambert Bainomugisha, Tororo diocese Archbishop Emmanuel Obbo among others.

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Author: The Covid-19 Channel