YUMBE. Yumbe district task force has received another consignment of assorted food items from Welt Hunger Hilfe, an NGO operating in Bidibidi refugee settlement.
The food donated is meant to support the Corona virus patients at the treatment units and those isolated in the various homes.
This is the second time Welt hunger hilfe has supported the taskforce with food items which cost Shs45 Million with funding from the Germany government.
Speaking during the handover of the food items on Monday, Mr William Omara, the project manager for Welt Hunger Hilfe, Yumbe sub-office said the support came as a result of their close coordination and good working relationship with the district task force team.
"We recently delivered similar items to the taskforce but when we followed up with the beneficiaries, we were impressed and happy to note that the food really reached the right people and they were in position to testify to us how the food supported them while they were in isolation in the various homes", he said.
"It's necessary to support such people because whenever they move out to buy food, they are stigmatised by the community so we felt that in the current situation now where positive cases are isolated at home, they need more food',' he added.
The assorted food items donated include; beans (1800kg), rice super(1800kg), posho (2000kg), sugar, salt, eggs, milk, silver fish, cassava flour and cooking oil.
Mr Rasul Drajiga the assistant Chief Administrative officer and also the secretary to the district taskforce said Covid-19 has reached the phase where they are finding it a problem to control, tracing contacts, the spread and managing positive cases.
He said the current policy is home based care meaning those found positive are left at home and by the nature of the homes people have, the level of exposure of the community and the family members is very high.
"In homes where the Corona virus patients are isolated, nutrition which is part of the treatment is a big problem for the patients. When you (Welt hunger hilfe) give us food like this, the burden the taskforce would take to buy more food will be reduced", he said.
"The recent food we received from Welt Hunger helped us a lot. We had about 12 positive cases kept at home but what we did was to take the food to them besides the medication we give them and some were taken to feed 9 patients at Arua regional referral hospital because the treatment units ran out of food", he added.
He said management of Covid-19 is very easy in terms of medication but the major problem is food which has crippled them.
Drajiga added that they don't have enough money to buy such items but they mainly rely on the non-Governmental Organizations because the central government stopped remitting funds for managing Covid-19 activities in the district long time ago.
The cumulative numbers of confirmed corona virus cases in Yumbe stands at 82 with 4 deaths while 74 have been discharged.