MUSEVENI GOV’T TAKES OVER MP-OWNED AMBULANCES AS COVID OPERATIONS EXPAND
By Mulengera Reporters
Responding to a request by the Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng and her workaholic PS Dr. Diana Atwine, Speaker Kadaga has (through Clerk Jane Kibirige) directed all MPs owning ambulances to immediately surrender them to government to boost the anti-COVID operations. In total this country has slightly over 300 ambulances, of which less than a half is government owned. The rest are owned by private hospitals and MPs as well.
The Ministry anticipates that the MPs’ ambulances, which are well spread out across the country tackling even would-be hard to reach areas, will strengthen the country’s overall COVID-19 response. Because this is an emergency, the Ministry of Health won’t have any problem leveraging on the MPs’ ambulances even when they had previously been disputed for not being in a good state making them appropriate for the purpose of ferrying patients.
The good news is that all the Ambulance-owning MPs have, on receiving Kibirige’s letter, have instantly complied with the directive and surrendered them to the MoH teams saying this is the least they can do for their country at this hour of need. Some of the MPs we spoke to welcomed the move saying Atwine’s letter had enabled them to have the opportunity to give back to their country.
PS Atwine says the fueling of the ambulances has been decentralized and will be coordinated at the district’s local government level. In a related development, Dr. Diana Atwine has this morning told millions of Radio Buganda CBS FM listeners that the Ministry of Health is considering encouraging Ugandans to use some of the HIV-Aids treatment medicines as a mitigation measure against the Coronavirus pandemic. She says consultations are ongoing and the Ministry will soon formally make that announcement to the public through the UBC channel.
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