KAMPALA – The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has donated Shs381 million towards the Covid-19 National Taskforce.
While handing over their contribution to the Ministry of Health on Tuesday, April 21, Mr Richard Byarugaba, the NSSF managing director, said Shs60 million of the money came from its staff.
Mr Byarugaba said they are also fundraising for 5,000 test kits to support the government initiative to test all suspects and staff have been tasked to design strategies which can enable Ugandans resume the normal life after the lockdown.
While receiving the donation, Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng hailed NSSF for the gesture.
Dr Aceng said the fact that it is the truck driver who are now importing the virus into the country from the adversely affected neighbouring countries means that Uganda has to test all the drivers to suppress and contain the spread of the virus.
“When you look at the Covid 19 map for the East African region, Uganda is like an Island on its own. Tanzania has red spots all over the Country, Kenya the statistics are bad so is Rwanda. We are not sure of what is happening in Burundi and South Sudan,” she said explaining that is the reason government will continue testing all truck drivers.
On Tuesday, more companies continued donating support to the national Covid 19 response team. Oryx energies donated fuel worth Shs80million. Max imports and exports donated a Shs 10million cheque. Phillips Pharmaceuticals donated a scanner while musician Moses SsalI aka Bebe Cool donated 600kgs of beans and a ton of posho