MOYO. Moyo district health department has received a brand-new vehicle and a motorcycle from the ministry of health to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The vehicle with the registration number UG 6518M and motorcycle UG 5922M respectively were on Thursday handed over to the district health department officials.

While handing over the items, Moyo resident district commissioner (RDC) Mr William Bob Labeja said transport system has remained the biggest concern of the health department thus affecting the coordination of health-related services across the district.

Labeja said the vehicle should be placed under the usage of the district health officer while the motorcycle should be under the control and management of security officers at Afoji border point to easy patrol along the border lines.

He warned against mismanagement of the items for better service delivery in the district so as to improve the standard of living through improved health services.

Moyo district health officer, Dr Franklin Iddi thanked the government through the support of the local leaders in the district during the time of lobbing for the vehicle.

He said the department has been operating without an official vehicle since the outbreak of the global pandemic of coronavirus.

Moyo district police commander (DPC) Mr Bob Wabwire requested that to improve collection and management of people along the border with South Sudan, there is need to allocate another vehicle other than using the police patrol car.

Wabwire said its risky to use police patrol vehicle since the status of the illegal entrants are not known, adding that the tyres of the police patrol vehicle are worn out and need urgent replacement.

He appealed to the district taskforce to help in addressing the matter since they are all fighting to address a common concern affecting the entire population in the country.

District leaders were recently, left stranded after learning that the only health department vehicle got involved in a road accident in Lefori sub-county during a road drive campaign to create awareness against coronavirus.

Initially, the damaged vehicle was estimated to cost shs30 million to repair but when the advice of the regional police mechanic was sought in the assessment, it was reduced to shs10 million.