By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: The Minister for Dr. Jane Aceng has ordered politicians and other district leaders who have taken over Covid-19 response vehicles, to surrender them with immediate effect.
In a letter dated December 20th, to all district chairpersons, Dr. Aceng said the Ministry has received disturbing information that the double cabin pickups for Covid-19 surveillance are being used by the political and technical leaders and not the health workers for the intended purpose.
The 280 vehicles procured using money donated by Ugandans for Covid response were dispatched to districts in October by President Museveni to help out in Covid-19 response.
Dr Aceng said it is absurd that some of the politicians have even gone ahead to rub off the writings on these vehicles and has thus instructed the health monitoring unit and all District Health Officers, city medical officers, municipal medical officers to follow up and inform her in writing in any case not later than 27/12/2021.
“These pickups are a property of the health facilities or the health offices in the districts. They don’t belong to the political or technical leaders. In some of the districts, we have intervened physically and taken over the vehicles but in others, we have not yet had the opportunity to go there. The vehicles must be given back, any district authority that will not comply, we shall have people go there to take action and return the vehicle for its intended use,” she said.
This comes at a time when the country is registering an increase in Covid-19 cases amidst the presence of the highly transmissible omicron variant.