YUMBE. Welt Hunger Hilfe, a nongovernmental organization operating in Bidibidi refugee settlement has donated assorted food items to Yumbe district taskforce.

The items were meant to support the institutional quarantine centres but since the government abolished the operations of the institutional quarantine centres, the food items will be diverted to help in the treatment centres.

The food items provided include; Posho, cassava flour, rice, silver fish, milk, eggs, beans, cooking oil, sugar and salt.

While handing over the items to the district taskforce on Wednesday, Mr William Omara, the project officer for Welt Hunger Hilfe said the district is ever faced with challenges in managing the covid-19 activities.

"Based on the recent announcement on the existing gaps by the district taskforce and also the letter circulated by the district health officer, we contacted our funders and they accepted to give us what we have provided. These items were meant for the quarantine centre but since the government abolished it, we want the taskforce to utilize them to help the intended beneficiaries," he said.

"This is not the end but it is still the first batch of the support. We have about 10,000 euros to support food for the quarantine/ treatment centre so what we have procured is the half and we shall be coordinating with the taskforce on how best the items can be utilized and then we shall be in position to provide the other half which is remaining", he added.

He said they always have gaps in the district taskforce but pledged to work with the taskforce to ensure that the people get what they deserve.

Mr Zubeir Ojjo, the assistant district health officer in charge of environmental health applauded Welt Hunger for the support saying they are already crippled as the district taskforce in managing the corona virus disease activities in the district.

"This support is going to help us to start our treatment centre and the isolation units. The treatment unit at Apo health centre is at completion and we shall keep the food items and once the treatment centre is opened, we can easily use them to operationalize the treatment unit" he said.

Mr Rasul Drajiga, the Assistant chief administrative officer said this time corona virus has changed style and it's difficult to trace contact this time and because of this, the positive cases have continued to increase everywhere in the world, Uganda and Yumbe in particular.

He said their treatment centre is yet Arua Regional Referral Hospital and it's always filled up making them to transport some of the confirmed positive cases to areas like Mulago, Nambole and Entebbe thus increasing the operational costs.

"The taskforce was using the new guidelines suggesting that the mild cases can be handled by our technical staff because they have been trained but our biggest problem has been food. Yes we can admit in these facilities but how do you manage the feeding because nutrition is one of the treatments for covid-19? He asked.

He said as the district, they are more vulnerable due to the closeness to the border with South Sudan.

Mr Rasul DrajigaMr Rasul Drajiga the ACAO speaks during the handover of the items on Wednesday.