The Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja has received a total of 300 oxygen cylinders worth Shs333m donated by Nile Breweries Limited in support to government efforts to save lives of the critically ill COVID-19 patients.
While handing over the donations at the Office of the Prime Minister, Nile Breweries Legal & Corporate Affairs Director Onapito Ekomoloit said that the donation will benefit major regional referral hospitals in 17 districts across the country.
The cylinders are to be distributed across the country covering all regions: Acholi, Ankole, Buganda, Bukedi, Bunyoro, Busoga, Karamoja, Kigezi, Lango, Sebei-Elgon, Teso, Tooroand West Nile.
These regions are represented by districts: Gulu, Mbarara, Kampala, Masaka, Lugazi, Tororo, Masindi, Jinja, Iganga,Moroto, Kabale, Lira, Kapchorwa, Mbale, Soroti, Kabarole, and Arua.
“As NBL, we believe in bringing people together for a better life and we can only bring them together when they are alive that’s why we believe in safety of people. Since COVID break out, we have joined government and other stakeholders to push back the pandemic,” Onapito said.
The Prime Minister appreciated National Breweries for joining hands with government to fight the pandemic on several occasions
“This donation, and NBL’s continued support and contribution to Uganda, will make a real difference to the exceptionally difficult COVID-19 situation in the country. The oxygen cylinders will along way in bridging the gap in the supply of Oxygen in the country,” Nabbanja said.
Nabbanja noted that Cabinet has budgeted to make purchase of 1,8000 oxygen cylinders and will be receiving 800 cylinders this week.
She noted that with the 300 cylinders received from Nile Breweries, government will save the money budgeted to cater for other COVID related expenses.
The Prime Minister however appealed to NBL and other private sector partners to join government in the purchase of vaccines so as to vaccinate the desired number of Ugandans.
“Most countries on top of the pandemic have vaccinated their citizens, government is doing all it takes to buy more vaccines; I request NBL and other private sector partners to also join the cause of buying vaccines,” Nabbanja said.
Our thanks go to NBL, to their parent company AB InBev, and to the individuals and teams that made this possible.”
NBL has long been a valuable pillar of the Ugandan economy, contributing nearly Shs 400 billion to our GDP each year, and supporting approximately 40000 formal and informal jobs. When COVID 19 threatened, NBL responded quickly.
NBL has previously donated 25,000kg of maize meal to those threatened by food insecurity during the 1STlockdown;7,900 litres of fuel to Covid 19 Task Forces of districts, Mbarara, Jinja, Kampala and Buikwe, and medical equipment valued at Shs60 million for Mulago Hospital Intensive Care Unit.
Onapito said, “This pandemic has shown us that the only way to build a better tomorrow is by working together. We have seen globally how stakeholders have come together to collaborate for the greater good. We’re proud to have been able to support Uganda’s healthcare system and its brave health workers at this difficult time.”
The Ag Executive Director, Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), Francis Kisirinya the donation is a timely and most needed contribution now that will save lives, particularly for those in hospitals.
“The private sector recently appealed to its members to come together and compliment Government efforts to the COVID19 resurgence. We applaud Nile Breweries for heeding to our call.” Said Kisirinya.