KAMPALA — Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda (CCBA) have so far distributed more than 3,000 handwashing jerrycans and stations across the country with the recent donation to the Muslim community. Salam Charity Foundation received over 250 handwashing jerrycans that will be distributed in Wakiso District and later areas of Mpigi, Mukono and Kampala.
Coca-Cola has been at the forefront of championing the handwashing campaign in partnership with different stakeholders such as government, local NGOs, schools, health centres and community organizations to boost public hygiene in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
The donation was received by Wakiso District Khadi, Sheikh Erias Kigozi at a brief handover even attended by Hajji Haruna Mubiru, General Manager Salam Charity, Hajji Karim Kaliisa and Sheikh Muhamood Walukaga who officiated over the event held at the headquarters of Salam Charity Foundation and Salaam TV.
During his speech, Khadi Sheikh Erias Kigozi said that Islam encourages and loves cleanliness of the mind, soul, and body and this calls for all places of worship to have hygiene stations.
“Wakiso district has 1,500 mosques where people congregate. This COVID-19 period has been very challenging as there were worship places that lacked proper water storage and hygiene facilities. I am glad Coca-Cola has provided these handwashing stations and we are going to make sure they get to the places that need them the most,” he noted.
“Thank you, Coca-Cola, for thinking of the lives of Ugandans. Islamic region holds life in high esteem and that we must do everything to protect it. The work you are doing is not just for the Muslim community, but all Ugandans stand to benefit,” said Sheikh Muhammad Walukaga.
The handwashing jerrycans are to be distributed in densely populated areas in Wakiso which include Kira, Masulita, Nabweru, Gombe, Kakiri, Kasanje, Katabi, Nsangi and Ssabagabo.
Washing hands with clean water and soap for at least 20 seconds is among the recommended Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization. At the start of the pandemic, CCBA diverted all of its commercial budgets to different COVID-19 interventions across the country.
Emmanuel Otim, Coca-Cola Beverages Marketing Representative reiterated the company’s commitment to continue supporting its people in the face of this pandemic.
“People have always been at the centre of our business operation and that is not about to change any time soon. This is our ethos. We place the health and safety of communities we operate in as a priority and thereby engage in activities that protect lives directly and with other community players,” he said.
“We will continue to engage with government and other sector players as we work on stabilizing our economy. COVID-19 is now at community level thus very contagious. This places responsibility on each of us to observe the SOPs for our safety and loved ones,” he added.
Currently, Uganda has registered 39,424 positive cases and 318 deaths as of 27th according to the Ministry of Health. The cases are expected to increase as the infections are now at a community level.