BUNYANGABU – Bunyangabu district has received kits worth Shs25 million to support the health team in the fight against poor sanitation and COVID-19 in the district.
Ms Teo Namata, the Project Manager Amref Health Africa said Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) has been issue in the fight against Covid-19 amongst the health workers countrywide and that is why Amref has donated the kits that include; jik, gloves, gumboots, face masks, sanitizers, re-usable aprons, radio programs among others.
“Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) has been at the forefront and effective measures in the prevention and control of the spread of COVID-19. Amref and Hewasa through her Financial Inclusion Improve Sanitation and Health (FINISH) project have supported the Bunyangabu District task force with PPE to help respond to the Covid-19 while integrating FINISH project interventions” said Namata.
She said improved sanitation has proved the effectiveness of water and handwashing practices during the COVID-19 situation.
The District Health Officer, Dr Richard Obet said communal work under the “Finish” project has seen an improvement in hygiene behavior in Bunyangabu District.
“While promoting construction and use of improved toilets, the FINISH team pays much attention to handwashing practice. This is the very reason why the campaign for hand washing during the COVID-19 is an easy to do act for the people of Bunyangabu,” Dr Obet said.
As a result, Dr Obet said a good number of households and businesses have maintained proper hygiene with particular emphasis on the use of improved toilets and handwashing practices.
Namata said the kits donated will help the Village health team (VHTs) and all health workers in the district.
“We closely work with partners (District Local Government, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and community) to improve sanitation and hygiene practices in the district and our project target is 13, 000 safely managed sanitation facilities (toilets) by June 2020,” she said, adding, “By reinforcing the Wash systems and services increase access to water among others, we are sure we shall fight Covid-19”