Tuesday July 28, 2021

By Mugerwa Michael             

Following Uganda’s exemplary fight against the Corona Virus, the government of France has donated an assortment of medical kits to boost Uganda’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja received the donation on behalf of government, at a ceremony held at the National Medical Stores (NMS) Offices at Entebbe. The medical items valued at 2,711,050 euros include one million FFP2 face masks, fifty – four thousand six hundred antigen testing kits and nine Osiris3 respirators.

The premier thanked government and the people of France for the generous donation of items that will help in the fight against the COVID-19.  ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed. France has ably demonstrated this friendship in many ways and consistently over the years,’ she added.

She called for continued international solidarity in accessing COVID-19 Vaccines. The Vaccine is the surest way to reduce the spread of the pandemic. ‘In the absence of Vaccines, the next best defense against COVID-19, is prevention. Let us continue to undertake preventive measures as we wait for vaccines to arrive,’ she cautioned.

The Ambassador of France to Uganda His Excellence Jules-Armand Aniambossou reaffirmed the commitment of his government to continue standing in solidarity with Uganda in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘We appreciate Uganda’s exemplary efforts in the fight against the pandemic. France will always stand in solidarity with Uganda in this common struggle,’ he said.

Others who attended the handover ceremony included the Minister for Health Jane Ruth Aceng and her two deputies Anifa Kawoya and Margaret Muhanga.                                                        END.