YUMBE. Welt Hunger Hilfe Yumbe field office with funding from Germany has supported Yumbe district coronavirus task force (DTF) with assorted items worth Shs55m.

The items donated include; medical mattresses, Jerrycans, infrared thermometers, buckets, sanitisers, basins, laundry soap and dustbins.

Speaking during the handover of the items on Wednesday, Mr William Omara the project manager for Welt Hunger Hilfe said the support is aimed at preventing Coronavirus in the district.

"We want to say that this is not the end of our support to the district but we shall continue lobbying for more support from our donors. All this support is not because of anything but we take issues that come up from the task force meetings," Omara said.

He, however, suggested that it would be better if the items donated are placed in the quarantine centre.

Dr. Alfred Yayi, the Yumbe district health officer (DHO) and also the incident commander for Covid-19 said the resources donated are very important in the quarantine centre.

"Our institutional quarantine centre at Goboro has a capacity of up to 300 patients and we don’t have enough resources to equip all the structures that have been put up so, the items donated will help to reduce the burden," Yayi said.

"I am particularly glad about the mattresses because they are the exact type we needed. If the mattresses are covered with a plastic sheet, it is easier to disinfect them," Yayi stressed.

He said they received about 80 mattresses from the national task force through the ministry of health but they were not appropriate because they were covered with cloth which makes it difficult to disinfect.

Yayi urged partners who would like to support the district to first consult them the way Welt Hunger Hilfe has done.

Ms Jane Alejo, the secretary for works and technical services said the support has reduced the burden of the district task force from buying such items.

"This is something that could cost the task force a lot of money. Since we have the biggest institutional quarantine centre in the region, a lot is still needed for the quarantine centre including the treatment centre at Appo health centre III," Alejo said.

Mr Richard Andama, the Yumbe resident district commissioner (RDC) said all the necessary items needed in the quarantine centre have been catered for by Welt Hunger Hilfe.

"If we move with this pace, we shall not have space for Covid-19 in the district. We should continue with lobbying and advocacy because we really don't know when coronavirus will go," Andama said.

He noted that the support by non-governmental organisations and individuals is empowering the district task force to be stronger in implementing Covid-19 activities in the district.