WHO and German government donate 2,800 oxygen cylinders and 48,172,700 syringes to Uganda – Uganda

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The Ministry of Health has received an additional 2,800 oxygen cylinders and 48,172,700 syringes from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the government of the Federal Republic of Germany to support the continued fight against COVID-19 and other health complications in the country.

Worth US$688,800 for the cylinders and US$2,862,440.8 for the syringes, the medical supplies were purchased with funding from WHO and the German government respectively. They were handed over to the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, at a ceremony held at the ministry’s headquarters in Wandegeya.

“The syringes and cylinders we receive today will help build the capacity of emergency and immunization services. I welcome the continued support of WHO and the German government in strengthening our health system,” said Dr Aceng.

Speaking at the same reception, Germany’s Ambassador to Uganda, HE Mr. Matthias Schauer reaffirmed his government’s commitment to Uganda to address the health challenges facing the country.

“The syringes provided today are intended to ensure the continuation of the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 and can also be used to meet other vaccination needs. I am happy that Germany allows Uganda to accelerate its response to COVID-19. Global cooperation and solidarity will be our only chance to defeat the virus in the world,” HE Mr. Schauer said.

The WHO Representative in Uganda, Dr Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, said: “WHO remains true to the commitment made when the organization was established over 70 years ago and adopted in its current mission. to “promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable.” “The provision of these supplies shows our continued support to Uganda in the prevention and control of epidemics,” he stressed.

Dr. Tegegn also explained that the 2,800 donated oxygen cylinders, when filled with oxygen, will serve more than 850 patients each requiring 15 L/min of oxygen for 24 hours. “Like any other durable health equipment, after critical patients have been taken care of, the bottles will then be made available to treatment centers to ensure the continuity of essential health services,” he added.

The provision of this equipment is in addition to other generous contributions from the German government since the start of the pandemic. This included donations of more than 5 million vaccine doses, support provided by WHO to strengthen the country’s response to COVID-19 case management, surveillance and coordination, and to identify variants. known and new cases of SARS-CoV 2 (COVID-19) in Uganda.

Since the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 in Uganda in March 2020, WHO, in collaboration with many partners, has continued to provide technical and financial support to improve the country’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. , including support for the development of the national COVID-19 response plans, the national vaccine deployment plan and the resurgence and recovery plan.

For more information or to request interviews, please contact:

Elise Tcheutchoua Yonkeu Communications Officer WHO Uganda Email: [email protected]

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