National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) has embarked on the process of donating COVID-19 prevention materials to several districts in central and mid-western Uganda that it works closely with. These materials include hand-wash tanks, infra-red thermometers, sanitisers and posters with messages on how the spread of COVID can be curbed.
Mr. Frank Muramuzi, the NAPE Executive Director said that the COVID-19 prevention materials were being donated in line with the President’s call to organisations and private individuals to contribute towards the efforts to curb the pandemic. He said that the targeted Districts include Kiboga, Kyankwanzi, Hoima, Kikuube and Buliisa. These Districts are also covered by the NAPE established Community Green Radio (CGR).
The process of distributing the COVID prevention materials was kick-started in Kiboga Town Council on Thursday, 22nd May, 2020 with NAPE handing over items which included 17 handwash tanks, 6 infra-red thermometres, masks and sanitisers to the District COVID-19 Task Force.
Mr. Muramuzi who led the NAPE team, handed over the materials to Al Hajji Umar Lule Mawiya, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) for Kiboga who is also the Chairperson of the District Task Force.
“We listened to the President carefully while he talked about the need for us all to join hands in fighting the corona virus. We contacted our development partners who were also concerned like us about the pandemic and they have started sending us the required support,” Muramuzi said.
While receiving the donations, RDC Mawiya expressed thanks and gratitude to NAPE for contributing generously to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
He recognised the efforts of the Community Green Radio in disseminating information to the communities on how they can keep themselves safe from contracting COVID-19.
“We all need to do whatever it takes to ensure that we overcome this battle. The coronavirus, if not stemmed, will have a huge negative impact on the most vulnerable communities and it poses a huge risk to efforts and progress towards defeating poverty,” Mawiya said.
Israel Yiga, the Kiboga District LCV chairperson also commended the Community Green Radio for disseminating regular information on COVID-19 prevention and on the environment. He said that the donations made were essential and timely.