ARUA. The Madi Okollo district coronavirus disease (COVID-19) task force has been advised to use the funds received to fight the pandemic for facilitating the health care system in the district.

Mr Ismail Ali Ogama, the Lower Madi County Member of Parliament (MP) gave the advice while handing over the controversial shs20m to the task force team at Madi Okollo district headquarters on Tuesday.

The money was part of the shs10bn supplementary budget Parliament allocated to help MPs in the fight against COVID-19.

But court later ruled against the decision, forcing all MPs to either hand over the money to their respective district COVID-19 task force or return it to the Parliamentary Commission account.

It is on this ground that MP Ogama heeded to the directive by handing over the cash to the district and used the opportunity to advice the task force to use the money to support the health sector.

“We now have a total of shs40m from the two MPs; that’s myself and my colleague of Upper Madi County to support the already existing shs165m that we had allocated earlier. So, they should use these resources appropriately to have impact on the health care system of the district,” Ogama said.

“You go to health centres like Rhino Camp and others, you hardly get things like face masks, protective overalls for health staff, gloves sometimes are a problem and so, these resources are sufficient enough to support that,” Ogama added.

He said the quarantine centres in the district are not yet having a big number of contacts that the district can claim to spend the resources on.

“Even if you talk about fuel, development partners are also giving a hand. Now that we have fuel from partners and the district task force, let the ambulances always be on the standby, health officials should properly be facilitated even the sub county task force members should be catered for,” Ogama stressed.

He, however, commended the district task force team led by Ms Alice Akello, the Arua deputy RDC also the Madi Okollo district caretaker for the commendable job they are doing on ground.

In the same spirit, Akello thanked Ogama for bring back the money home.

“Many MPs have opted to do whatever they want with their money but I want to thank him for heeding to the Presidential directive. You have brought this money back home to help your people and that is what we expect from a good leader,” Akello said.

Mr Jack Byaruhanga, the Madi Okollo district chief administrative officer promised to use the money in accordance with the guidelines provided by the ministry to ensure that they combat COVID-19.