Government has asked Members of parliament who bought ambulances for their constituencies to voluntarily give them away to health officials battling COVID-19.
In a letter authored by the permanent secretary of the health Ministry, Dr. Diana Atwine, government appealed to MPs who bought ambulances to boost health in their constituencies to be kind enough and cooperate with the health ministry. The ministry is currently suffering insufficiency in transportation of health officials to and fro their places of work. The other cited matter is the issue of slow response to emergencies in times when a case is suspected at a given location. The ministry has pledged to cater for the fuel to support the workforce. Part of the minister’s letter reads, “Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 in Uganda, the Ministry of Health requests Members of parliament through your office to avail their ambulances stationed in different constituencies across the country to supplement government efforts tracing and evacuating suspected cases to nearest treatment centres.”
The plea comes a few hours after Ugandan cases soared up from 18 to 23. The president, Yoweri Yoweri Museveni is expected to deliver his fifth address today, March 28 at 16:00 hours E.A.T on all Television and radio channels in the country.