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Hamis Kiggundu Offers Shs530 Million Towards Covid 19 Vaccines Procurement

Kampala Tycoon Hamis Kiggundu Offers Shs530 Million Towards Covid 19 Vaccines Procurement

City tycoon Hamis Kiggundu has offered shs530 million towards covid 19 Vaccines procurement. He also challenged the private sector and corporate companies to support government is purchasing covid 19 Vaccines.

“I wish to challenge my fellow business men and the corporate entities to allocate money in their Corporate Social Responsibility drives to contribute towards covid 19 Vaccines  purchase so that the country controls the spread of covid in the country. Through Ham Enterprise am ready to disburse shs530 million towards  covid 19 Vaccines purchase for the entire country, “Hamis Kiggundu said.

Kiggundu revealed this at Uganda Media Centre at while handling over assortment of radio microphones and reflector jackets to Kampala City traders association for covid 19 mass mobilization drives.

He was however optimistic that covid 19 pandemic can be controlled in their collaboration between government, private sector and individuals observing Presidential directives such as usage of masks, social distance and washing hands.

President Yoweri Museveni  on Sunday re-imposed a strict lockdown that included the closure of schools and the suspension of inter-district travel to help beat back a surge in COVID-19 cases in the East African country.

The new measures, became  effective from Monday morning, included the closure of all educational institutions, some bans on travel, the shutdown of weekly open markets, and the suspension of church services.

Most of the new restrictions, Museveni said, would be implemented for 42 days. An assessment of their impact will then help the government decide whether to ease or prolong them, he added.

Uganda implemented one of Africa’s tightest lockdowns at the beginning of the pandemic more than a year ago, but it was gradually lifted as cases slowed to a trickle.

Last month however infections started to spike and new cases, particularly among younger people, have surged, fueling fears that the country could slip into an out-of-control second wave.

Museveni said in a televised address on Sunday night that a second wave gripping the country was “diffuse and sustained”.

The government, he said, was worried the jump in cases would “exhaust the available bed space and oxygen supply in hospitals unless we constitute urgent public health measures”.

“In this wave the intensity of severe and critically ill COVID-19 patients and death is higher than what we experienced in the first wave of the pandemic,” he said.

COVID-19 infections in Uganda are on an average daily basis at their peak, with 825 new infections reported each day, according to a Reuters analysis.

From January to April the positivity rate in tested samples was mostly below 3% but the rate started climbing sharply last month, hitting 18% on June 2, according to Ministry of Health data.

The east African country has thus far reported nearly 53,000 positive cases and 383 deaths.

The new restrictions potentially threaten to arrest an already fragile economic recovery from the blow inflicted by last year’s lockdown.

Those restrictions contributed to a 1.1% economic contraction in 2020, but the finance ministry had projected before Sunday’s new measures that growth would climb to between 4-5% in the fiscal year starting July.

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