KAMPALA – The World Bank has given $15M (about Shs 57bn to boost Uganda’s fight against the spread of coronavirus.
The donation was announced by Mr Antony Thompson, the World Bank Uganda Country director on Friday, who said it will be re-allocated from the Reproductive Maternal and Child Health Services Improvement Project.
The money will be put back from the Fast-Track Facility which is funding the coronavirus responses in different countries.
Uganda missed on the first funding by the World Bank towards emergence health support.
It is not clear what the money will do, but Minister of Health Jane Aceng said this week that they are looking at hiring over 200 health workers to help with this pandemic.
Also health workers in upcountry health units have been reported running away from suspected patients because they don’t have protective gear.
The spread of COVID-19 has strained resources with poor countries like Uganda having to budget for supplementary budgets to tackle the pandemic.
The country has approved for Shs 304 bn supplementary budget for the pandemic fight.