On behalf of the National Task Force, the Minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng and Permanent Secretary Diana Atwine Thursday received a donation worth UGX 345m from American Tower Corporation.
The donation will go towards the procurement of COVID-19 test kits for Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).
American Tower Corporation is an American real estate investment trust and an owner and operator of wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure in several countries worldwide and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.
It is ranked 410th on the Fortune 500.
On the same day, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) contributed an assortment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth UGX 60M to the frontline health workers in the COVID-19 response efforts.
Earlier, Atwine received support from Roofings Group for all health facilities with free oxygen supply as part of their support to COVID-19 response.
This support will be continuous and enable health facilities to have constant supply and enable prevention of deaths due to oxygen.
She also received a donation of 7,000 COVID-19 antibody rapid diagnostic test kits from Entebbe Handling Services worth USD 140,000.
Once the kits complete the required validation, they will complement COVID-19 testing.
Atwine further received a donation from Africell of 3 brand new Tata Xenon Pickups, 1 tonne of Posho, 1 tonne of Rice and 1 tonne of Soya beans to support the COVID-19 response activities.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God- Uganda located in Namuwongo donated UGX 3,200,000 towards the COVID-19 response in Uganda.
The donation was handed over to Atwine by Ms. Lydia Akoth.