Following the Covid19 pandemic that has caused fatal setbacks in the implementation of government programs globally and nationally, and in line with the President’s initiative to fight and control the spread of Covid19, the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) has donated items worth Uganda Shillings 31,700,000 to the National Response Fund to Covid-19 through the Office of the Prime Minister.
The items are:
- A Complete set of Automated Hands-free Handwashing Machine at 7,500,000 Million shillings (05)
- 3D Face shields at 15000,000 Million Shillings (250)
- Instant Hand Sanitizer at 9,200,000 Million Shillings (400 litre)
- They were received by Hon. Mary Karooro-Okurut, the political head of the fund and Minister of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister in the Presence of Mrs. Kisaka Dorothy, the Administrator and Secretary of the Fund.Below are the remarks of the Rector, Dr. Ahmad Kawesa Sengendo “We wish to commend H.E the President of Uganda for his wise leadership, that among other things has enabled our Country to effectively contain Covid19 Pandemic. We also thank you and your team for the commendable efforts in the ongoing fight against the Pandemic.We also thank you and your team for the commendable efforts in the ongoing fight against the Covid19 pandemic” “Since the outbreak of the Pandemic, a team of dedicated staff and Students of IUIU have been working tirelessly to innovate creative ways of how the spread of Corona Virus could be controlled.So far, four innovations have been made by our staff and Students. Three of these relate directly to the Ministry of Health recommendations of washing hands and wearing of masks. The fourth one relates to enabling online teaching and learning. Please accept the items below as IUIU’s humble towards the fight against the Spread of Covid19. The items are: Complete set of Automated Hands-free Handwashing Machine: “This is a handwashing facility that automatically dispenses water and soap thereby minimizing contact with potentially infected tap surfaces during the Process of handwashing. Each Unit constitutes two tanks (i.e. one for soap and the other for water, a metallic stand 12V rechargeable battery, sink,15w solar panel, an automatic dispenser with outlets (I.e. one for soap and other for water) and a copy of the user manual” “As handwashing is an important hygienic practice recommended by the Ministry of Health as well as World Health organization in the first against Covid19, we believe these hands-free handwashing facilities will play a crucial role in fighting the spread of Corona Virus. This facility used a hybrid power system, household electricity, and solar power”
- “Solar power makes it easy to use in rural areas. It’s also adaptable to other uses. The team is also working on producing cheaper versions” 2-3D Face Shield:“This is a wearable face shield that s transparent enough but also hard enough to shield the user from possibly contracting Covid19 through contaminated droplets in the air” “Unlike the conventional face mask that mainly covers the mouth and nose, the 3D face shield covers the entire face thereby shielding all the facial soft parts while also allowing the continuous supply of enough oxygen to the user. These face shields constitute an important part of the personal protective equipment (PPE) for all frontline health workers handling the current Covid19 pandemic” “As Uganda joins other countries world over in easing lockdowns with life gradually returning to normal, the reusable easy to wash 3D face shield is poised to become an item of Public demand. The transparent PVC sheet shield can also easily be disinfected by using any liquid disinfectant thereby making it easier to clean and maintain. There use in Schools would be particularly ideal as the conventional masks can reduce the amount reaching the brain if kept on for a long time-. e.g. lecturer and students attending a lecture for two hours”
- “IUIU has been able to produce the 3D face shields with support of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) from the Republic of Turkey. TIKA provided training in the use of 3D technology in printing to IUIU staff, and also donated a 3D face shield printer as well as 3D printing materials that have been used in the production of these 3D face shields that are on European Standards. We are very grateful to TIKA for its support in this and other IUIU endeavors”
- 3.” This is an instant sanitizer in liquid form that has been recommended by WHO as an alternative to handwashing with soap. When Covid19 was declared a pandemic, the price of hand sanitizers went up in Uganda due to limited manufacturing at the time. As the Government of Uganda encouraged the production of instant sanitizers locally, the IUIU decided to produce her own hand sanitizer using expertise from the University’s Pharmacology Department in the IUIU Habib Medical School, Faculty of Health S Medical School is located at the IUIU Kampala Campus on Kibuli Hill. The instant sanitizer has been prepared using the intentionally recommended guidelines.”
- “We believe that the above items will significantly contribute to the safety of our gallant health workers who are on the frontline in the fight against the Covid19 pandemic. The IUIU joins H.E the President in thanking these great Ugandans for a job well done so far”.
- “The Islamic University pledges to continue rendering her Support to Government’s efforts in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and all other government programs aimed at protecting Ugandans aimed at protecting Ugandans and taking them to a middle-income status by 2040. The University has the capacity to produce the above items on a large scale if required”
These donations will be utilized by the Ministry of Health according to the National Response Fund to Covid 19 Chairman Engineer Emmanuel Katongole said recently.
On Friday 24th April, Uganda’s President Museveni flagged off the first batch of 45 Motor Vehicles that had been donated to the Ministry of Health.
The donations in kind including foodstuffs and other medical equipment are always handed over to the National Taskforce for COVID-19.
President Museveni, announced the establishment of the NATIONAL RESPONSE FUND TO COVID-19 that was was formed on the 8th April,2020.
He also appointed a Committee to provide leadership to the COVID-19 Fund. The members of the Committee are: –
- Hon. Mary Karooro-Okurut, Minister of General Duties, OPM, Political oversight
- Mr. Emmanuel Katongole, CEO, Cipla Chemicals – Chairperson
- Mr. Robert Kabushenga, CEO, New Vision Group, Member
- Mr. Apollo Makubuya, Distinguished Lawyer, MMAKs Advocates, Member
- Mr. Francis Kamulegeya, CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Member
- Mr. Kishor Jobanputra, CEO, Picfare Industries, Member
- Mr. Patrick Mweheire, Regional CEO, Standard Bank Group, Member
- Mr. Bwoch Gustavas, Chairman Centenary Bank, Member
- Bishop Joshua Lwere, Member Council of Presidents, IRCU, Member
- Mr. Aga Sekalala (Jr), CEO, Ugachick, Member
- Dr. Ian Clarke, CEO, International Hospital Kampala, Member
- Dr. Francis Omaswa, Former Director General of Health Services, Member
- Mr. Keith Muhakanizi, Permanent Secretary, Secretary to the Treasury, Member
- Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Member
- Mrs. Dorothy Kisaka – Secretary/Covid-19 Fund Administrator
- The mandate of the Committee is to take responsibility for mobilizing resources for the fight against the pandemic, COVID -19 and enable provision of relief to vulnerable persons
The President recently donated 1.4M, as part of his monthly salary to the Covid-19 Fund. He pledged that this deduction will be donated every month till the pandemic of Covid-19 is eliminated. This took place on 30th April and the cash donation was brought in person by the First lady and Minister of Education, Janet Kataaha Museveni to the Covid-19 Fund Committee at the Office of the Prime Minister.
- Cabinet Ministers of the Government of Uganda
- Members of Parliament
- Members of the Judiciary
- Permanent Secretaries
- Directors, Commissioners and all Senior Civil servants
- All leaders in the Local Government structures
- Mrs. Dorothy Kisaka: She appealed to the wellwishers to pay their money to the banks and bring payslips to the Fund.
- Bank Name: Stanbic Bank, Garden City
- Account Name: National Response Fund to Covid19
- Account Number: Shillings:9030017338551
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