PAKWACH: A group christened "Jonam Development Association" has donated 10 oxygen cylinders worth shs 16 million to Pakwach district’s main health centre to help in the treatment of the covid-19 pandemic.

Among other assorted items donated also includes the personal protective gears.

While handing over the equipment to the hospital administration over the weekend, the team leader of the association, Mr Perry Okecha stressed that their devoted efforts to generously contribute follows the high demand of Oxygen during this second wave of coronavirus with high cost that locals had to seek elsewhere upon referral.

"This move is non-political, issues of health affect every body, a total of 154 sons and daughters and friends of this region, we managed to help ourselves, these cylinders will remain here and their usage is for all at no cost", Okecha said.

He continued "this mobilization was through our whatsapp group code name ‘Pakwach city’ and there was total transparency, I want to thank all for this course and we wait for the government in the future to add more".

The donation comes at a time when the health centre is grappling with challenges of admitting patients in critical condition with only two gas cylinders to serve the influx of patients from the district and neighbouring areas of Madi Okollo, Nwoya and parts of Democratic republic of Congo.

Dr Paul Ajal, the Pakwach district health officer said the donation of personal protective gears will boast the moral of health workers in tackling the pandemic

"We have numerous challenges ranging from ambulances to staff, we are forced to use one same ambulance to refer those with covid and non covid, this donation is a big step towards strengthening our efforts for we had completely run out of personal protective gears", he said.

Ajal added "With different interventions through the district taskforce, we have only registered one covid-19 death in this health facility and one hundred percent vaccine intake, we are on the right course with more intervention like the one we are welcoming today".

In their recent visit in the Northern region, the parliamentary committee on covid-19 commended Pakwach district task force in combating the pandemic.

They noted that without a district hospital and hotspot due to the entry point to West Nile region, the task force creatively established an isolation centre, enforced ban on disco dance and intensified sensitization on observance of standard operational procedures (sops).

Mr Swaib Toko, the Resident District Commissioner Pakwach and chairperson district task force appreciated the innovation of the locals in supplementing government efforts in development and uplifting the health centres.

"When I first heard of this, I thought it was a lie, as head of the task force, thank you for working closely with the government, we want to thank everyone for being part of this agenda", Toko stated.