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Government to borrow sh116.6b to boost COVID-19 response

Judith Nabakooba (Courtesy Photo)

Government of Uganda has approved a proposal to borrow over $31.64m (sh116.6b) from the African Development Bank (ADB) to strengthen Covid-19 response in the country.

This was revealed by the Minister for Information and Communication Technology, Judith Nabakooba during a press briefing at the ministry last week.

According to Minister Nabakooba, the money will be used to procure Covid-19 test kits, 140 intensive care unit beds as well as personal protective equipment (PPEs) for medical personnel.

Nabakooba added that, government also plans to set up three (3) regional emergency operation centres in Bunyoro, Rwenzori and the Northern region to decentralize and streamline Covid-19 response.

The cabinet also agreed to study and re-adjust treatment regiments for Covid-19 according to Emerge Global and Local evidence.

“The scientific evidence is pointing to the effectiveness of Ivermectin in prevention and reduction of morbidity among the severely ill COVID-19 patients, in addition to hydroxychloroquine, recommended for mild and moderate illness,”

Judith Nabakooba, Minister for ICT

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