ADJUMANI. The Adjumani district coronavirus task force has drafted a budget of shs400m for preparedness, prevention, and response which will run for a period of one month.

While presenting the budget to the committee members during a meeting on Friday, the assistant district health officer in charge of environmental health Mr Godfrey Manga said the budget will among other things, fund coordination, case management risk communication, surveillance, monitoring and support supervision, mental health and psycho-social support and security.

Mr Peter Taban Data, the Adjumani resident district commissioner (RDC) who is the chairperson of the task force, however, said they do not have the money at hand but will make appeals to UNICEF, the government and other implementing partners in the district to fund the budget.

“We have also appealed to the members of the public, business community to also support the taskforce by contributing what they have,” the RDC said.

The state minister for primary health care, Dr Joyce Moriku who addressed the authorities of Adjumani and the district task force during the meeting revealed that although the ministry of health had requested the finance ministry to avail money, only shs5bn was released. She said the money is expected to be shared among districts across the country.

Moriku further stated that districts are expected to readjust their budgets as they wait for the national task force to send funds for fighting COVID-19.

She reaffirmed the government’s commitment to fighting the deadly virus and appealed to the district authorities not to fold their hands in the event that the center has not responded.