The UK Government has responded to UNICEF Uganda’s oxygen appeal through a £500,000 ($708,000) commitment for an increase in oxygen production and delivery to support the country’s fight against coronavirus (Covid-19)

Immediate benefits of the new capital from the UK include purchased of 100 7,500-litre oxygen cylinders for Mulago National Referral Hospital, Namboole Covid-19 Treatment Centre, Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, Mbale Regional Referral Hospital and Moroto Regional Referral Hospital.

Further to that, the UK’s support will enable the procurement and installation of a new oxygen plant, in Kayunga Referral Hospital, boosting Uganda’s oxygen production capabilities. 

The UK Government’s support also includes increased availability and delivery of personal protective equipment.

On the commitment, Kate Airey OBE, British High Commissioner, said, “This outbreak of COVID-19 is a huge challenge globally and the UK continues to be at the forefront of global efforts to tackle the pandemic.”

“As one of the largest supporters of the COVAX vaccines programme I am delighted that UKAid will continue to help Uganda cope with the ongoing wave of cases, through this funding for oxygen and essential supplies.”

“I pay tribute to the brave and dedicated healthcare workers in Uganda who are tirelessly battling this disease, it is imperative they have the protection and supplies needed to stay safe and save lives.”

The UNICEF Representative in Uganda Dr. M. Munir A. Safieldin said, “Covid-19 has severely impacted on all spheres of life of everyone in Uganda - particularly children and their families.”

“This contribution from the UK Government is very timely. With this partnership, UNICEF will continue supporting the Government of Uganda to respond to the immediate health needs following the current resurgence of Covid-19.”

“It will support critical actions needed to reduce the spread of infection, provide support to those who need medical assistance and, at the same time, measures that will maintain essential health services.”