“USAID is providing additional $3.5m emergency funds from the American people for oxygen and other supplies to fight Covid-19 faster in Uganda,” a statement from the US Mission in Uganda reads.
Oyam – 16, July 2021: Dozens of Ugandans have died in recent months due to lack of oxygen in government health facilities.
Many have also died in private hospitals due to Covid-19 pandemic infections – some of whom were admitted and needed oxygen or were put on it and couldn’t pay for it.
Lack of enough oxygen to treat Covid-19 patients prompted some Ugandans to question government’s priority areas, and why health sector continues to receive “little budget allocation” each year.
Some companies soon came to Uganda’s rescue and started another donation.
Diplomatically, United States Mission in Uganda is again standing with ‘poor Ugandans’.
A statement it issued via Twitter on Friday, reads:
“Medical oxygen is an essential, life-saving treatment for #COVID19 patients. To make sure that #oxygen saves #Ugandan lives, the United States through @USAID just contributed $3.5M (UGX 12.4B) for oxygen & other supplies. The United States is committed to supporting Uganda’s COVID response.”
“USAID is providing additional $3.5m emergency funds from the American people for oxygen and other supplies to fight Covid-19 faster in Uganda,” additional statement reads.
As of 14, July 2021, the Ministry of Health recorded 2,286 deaths, 89,514 cumulative cases and 65,083 recoveries.
According to the same Ministry, 1,413,482 tests have been done since March 2020, and to date, 1,087,152 have been vaccinated. 34,139 have received first and second doses, as of 13 July 2021.