KAMPALA – Legislators on Parliament’s Budget Committee have recommended to Parliament to approve the supplementary budget request to a tune of Shs284 billion for COVID-19 interventions.
The Budget Committee report was tabled by Amos Lugoloobi (Ntenjeru North MP) during Wednesday’s plenary sitting revealing that the Committee has agreed to allocate Shs50m to each district.
On Tuesday, Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija tabled a supplementary budget request to a tune of Shs284b of which, Shs81Bn was allocated to security, Shs62b for the health sector, Shs59Bn for disaster management, Shs36b for local governments, KCCA to get Shs30b and Shd14b for ICT sector.
The committee revealed that the Shs62b and the Shs20b drawn from the contingency fund under the health sector will support recruitment of 250 additional health care personnel, transportation and accommodation of staff ,catering for welfare requirements for health care staff and patients .
The funds allocated to the health sector will be used to provide accommodation and welfare for patients under quarantine, provision of protective gera, test kits, intensive care beds and restoration of functionality of oxygen facilities at Mulago hospital.
Additionally, the Ministry of Health will spend Shs18.6b for the disease case management, Shs8.6Bnfor human resource payment for the three months, Shs34b for logistics, Shs502 million for mental health and psychosocial support and Shs71M for surveillance.
The security budget will be shared among the security agencies like UPDF Shs32.3b, Shs41.2b will go to Police, Shs3.5 billion for prison service, Shs1.9b billion will go to Internal Security Organ, Shs490M for External Security Organ l and Shs1.8b will go to the Department of Citizenship and Immigration .
The Local Government budget is to be divided as follows; RDCs fuel is allocated Shs7.5b, Shs4.8Bn for food distribution, Shs20 billion for operations.