ADJUMANI, UGANDA: The fight against the covid-19, pandemic in Adjumani district has been strengthened after UNICEF through IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development] and EU [European Union] donated a brand new ambulance to the district for Covid -19, response.
During the handover ceremony at the district headquarters today, September, 1, 2021, the Adjumani DHO Dr. Drametu Dominic has said his office will assign the ambulance for internal and external referrals of Covid-9, cases which he notes has been very costly.
Dr. Drametu Dominic hailed UNICEF for the timely intervention since the Corona pandemic has burned out the resources of the health sector since the district shares the meager resources with the refugees whose population almost outnumbers that of the host community.
The UNICEF health specialist, Dr. Rabbin Drabe, said the handover ceremony marks an important milestone in their collective efforts to strengthen Covid-19, response for host, refugee communities and cross border communities hence reducing mortality and morbidity due to corona related illnesses.
Dr. Rabbin Drabe points that the ambulance will be used in the referral system for both host and refugees settlements in the district and further notes that the gesture demonstrates close relationship that exists between the district local government of Adjumani, UNICEF and the IGAD in promotion of good health without any discriminations.
He said.”I wish to underline the obligation that we hold to ensure that the vehicle that was procured at USD 37.500 is put to the intended purpose”.
The Adjumani district vice-chairman Kaijuka Richard has said he is proud of the strong relationship Adjumani district local government enjoys with UNICEF reminding the gathering that one month ago the district received a Land Cruiser hard top from UNICEF for maternal and child care intervention.
Kaijuka Richard however allayed the fears of UNICEF officials that the vehicle might be put to bad use, as the district has competent and discipline technical officers and elected leaders who always strived to uplift the population in all spheres of development.
Aside from the ambulance that was donated to the district by the UN refugee Agency under right of use, and the few NGOs run ambulance services, Adjumani district had one overstretched ambulance that was managing internal and external referrals.