By George Busiinge
Total E&P Uganda has donated medical supplies to Buliisa district in a bid to support its Ebola response preparedness.
The donation follows an outbreak of the virus in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo with which the district encounters a number of cross border interactions.
Buliisa district is of strategic importance to Total as the host community of the company’s oil and gas development activities.
Therefore as part of the company’s health and safety community initiatives, Total made a donation comprising an assortment of medical supplies.
This was done in order to reinforce the efforts of the district local government is undertaking to combat the potential outbreak of the Ebola in the district.
The donation which was received by the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Buliisa district Amos Asiimwe.
The medical donation included items such as: thermometers, jik, chlorine, gum boots, aprons, protective goggles, tents, hospital beds, mattresses, 100 litre water tank, sprayer pumps and stretchers.
Dr Rachael Kyohairwe of Buliisa Health Centre IV while receiving the drugs said they still face the challenges of Congolese entering the district through illegal entry points.
The doctor said that it is difficult to trace these Congolese entering the country wrongly and have them screened before they mix freely with the public.
Simon Agaba Kinene, the Buliisa LC5 Chairperson applauded Total E&P for the donation saying the district is now empowered to respond to any Ebola related cases.
Christopher Ochowun, the Public Relations Coordinator Total E$P said the fight against the spread of Ebola is a collective effort.
He said the donation is aimed at helping the district and the government to combat the spread of the deadly virus.
In July, CNOOC Uganda Ltd, a firm licensed to operate the Kingfisher oilfield, halted its activities in Kikuube district due to an Ebola scare.
The suspension of the activities followed the death of a suspected Ebola patient at Buhuuka Health Centre in July this year.
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