The State Minister for Local Government, Jenifer Namuyangu, who also doubles as Kibuku woman member of parliament has written to the Minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng, requesting for face masks for the people of Kibuku District.
According to a letter seen by cyclone times, the minister said Kibuku District has so far registered 9 Covid-19 cases and over 200 contacts.
“This situation is worrying bearing in mind the location of the District being on the Iganga-Tirinyi-Mbale high-way and also being close to the border Districts,” Namuyangu said.
In the letter dated 6th October, 2020, the minister said the district population was 330,000 of which 262,350 were above 6 years, the age recommended for one to wear a face mask.
“This therefore serves to request your ministry to support the people of Kibuku by providing them with two hundred sixty two thousand there hundred and fifty (262,350) face masks,” the letter reads in part.
“This will help us to reduce the spread of Covid-19 among the people in the community,” the letter adds.
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In June, the government started the nationwide distribution of free facemasks to all Ugandans aged six years and above starting with border districts following a presidential directive as a measure to control the spread of coronavirus among community.
Currently, the country’s cumulative confirmed coronavirus cases are 9,945 with 6,347 recoveries and 95 deaths.