In addition to the earlier presented Ush10 Million towards COVID-19 relief efforts in the country, UAP Old Mutual Group Uganda has today handed over to the National COVID-19 Taskforce another contribution of 100 hospital beds worth Ush 100 Million. The beds will be distributed to the various regional referral hospitals to help in the improvement of healthcare during and after the COVID-19 crisis.
The contribution was presented by representatives of the Board and management of UAP Old Mutual Group Uganda to the Prime Minister of Uganda, the Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda.
The managing Director of UAP Old Mutual Insurance Uganda, Mr. Stephen Chikovore says, “The Board, Management and staff of UAP Old Mutual Group Uganda applaud and deeply appreciate the efforts of the Government of Uganda, particularly the Ministry of Health, in undertaking to control the further spread of this pandemic. We recognize that this fight is not only for Government but is upon all of us as a nation to stand together and support its efforts to fight COVID-19 in any way we can.”
The Group is a subsidiary of one of Africa’s most iconic brands, Old Mutual, which celebrates 175 years this year. Since 1845, Old Mutual has supported individuals, businesses and communities through civil wars and world wars as well as the Spanish Flu pandemic, the Great Depression, and many political crises and economic turbulence across the continent. Throughout these years, Old Mutual’s support of the people, businesses, communities and societies it served was unwavering.
It is in this spirit of solidarity and as a responsible business with heart, that the Group has committed resources towards improvement of the health facilities that they believe are a vital part in support of the nation towards managing the COVID-19 crisis.
“Improving people’s lives is a vital aspect of the UAP Old Mutual brand and at the heart of our Responsible Business ethos is the quest to use our resources effectively to drive positive impact in our society. We are proud that we have the financial strength of many decades behind us, strength that enables us to once again reassure all our stakeholders that our business remains resilient and ready to support them. Having a strong liquidity position means we can honor all our obligations to our customers while still holding the capital levels required by regulators.”says the Chairman Board of UAP Old Mutual Life Assurance, Dr. Kalema. He further notes that “By repeatedly demonstrating our 175-year-old purpose – to be a certain friend in uncertain times – through our commitment to supporting customers and stakeholders across Africa, Uganda has not been left out. We shall therefore remain true to both word and deed as we endure relevance of our longevity.”
The Group also pledges to continue with awareness and sensitisation programs in the media to help and encourage the population to continue following the Ministry of Health guidelines and presidential directives that will help to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Uganda. Just as Uganda’s motto states, For God and my country, the Group stands together with the whole nation in this fight against COVID-19 and have faith that together we shall overcome.
“Remaining true to our promise of being a certain friend in uncertain times in both word and deed has been the secret of our brand’s longevity and enduring relevance for 175 years,” concludes the Managing Director of UAP Old Mutual Financial Services, Mr. Simon Mwebaze.