Tullow Uganda Boosts Fight Against Ebola With Shs100m Package
Tullow Uganda has Friday given material and service support worth Shs100 million to the Ministry of Health, in response to the Ebola outbreak and support of communities that have been affected by the disease.
The oil and gas exploration company handed over food supplies including; 1,000 Kilograms of maize meal, 1,000 Kilograms of beans, 1,000 Kilograms of rice, beddings including; 50 mattresses, 50 blankets, 100 bed sheets, 100 pillows, 100 mackintosh and four -10,000 litre water tanks for the Kibaale and Mulago Hospital Isolation centres which will be filled by a bowser over a period of 2 months.
In addition, Tullow Uganda is also extending services including; the transportation of food supplies to Kibaale Isolation Centre, some financial support to cater for 4 four-wheel drive pickups with fuel, and also include support for drivers and driver’s upkeep for their Surveillance and Case Management Teams, and supply of clean portable water to Isolation Centre in Kibaale and Mulago Hospitals.
Speaking at the handover ceremony of the items, Jimmy Kiberu, Corporate Affairs Manager, Tullow Uganda said the board, management and staff of Tullow Oil are touched by the deaths in the latest outbreak.
“We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the families, relatives and friends of our beloved countrymen who have succumbed to the latest Ebola outbreak,” he said.
As of Thursday, the death toll of those who have died from Ebola had climbed to 16, a number that Jimmy said was quite big.
“For a young nation to lose even a single life is a great loss to many generations and the global economy at large.”
Kiberu added Tullow joined the fight against the deadly Ebola epidemic to complement the efforts of the Ebola National Taskforce under the Ministry of Health which is working hard to contain the outbreak.
“We at Tullow Uganda, would like to commend the good job being done by the different teams from the Ministry of Health, the affected local government as well as our international partners. This token is meant to appreciate your daily efforts as well as express our solidarity with you,” he said.
The company is extending the support to affected communities in Uganda as part of its Social Enterprise Programme which comprises of initiatives in the health, education, enterprise and environment sectors.
Under the same Programme, in 2011, Tullow Uganda supported the Ministry of Health with a monetary contribution of UGX 75 million toward the national efforts like awareness campaigns in the media and material support.
During the year, Tullow invested USD 5.1 million in selected initiatives in Uganda. This investment represents almost 45% of the Tullow Group social investment and 90% of social investment in the East African region.
It’s largest investment in health so far, is the Buliisa Health Centre IV which is under construction at a cost of USD 945, 484.50 (UGX2.3billion) in Buliisa District.
In addition, Africa’s most successful oil exploration company is expanding the Kyehoro Health Centre IV in Hoima District, at a cost of USD 590,000 (UGX 1.4billion) and constructing the new Sebagoro Health Centre III in Hoima District is being constructed at a cost of USD529,343 (Sh1.3 billion).
To further boost the efforts of the ministry of health in the fight against Ebola, Tullow is also liaising with its Joint Venture partners to offer additional joint support which may be communicated at a later date if the situation warrants.
The company hopes that other corporate organizations and well wishers will join their noble efforts to contain this outbreak.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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