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ZOMBO/ARUA. Centenary rural development bank Paidha branch and West Nile Voice electricity connectivity committee yesterday separately made donations to support Zombo and all other West Nile district COVID-19 task forces respectively.

ZOMBO/ARUA. Centenary rural development bank Paidha branch and West Nile Voice electricity connectivity committee yesterday separately made donations to support Zombo and all other West Nile district COVID-19 task forces respectively.

While Centenary bank donated over 3000 face masks and over 700 pairs of gloves among other medical protective gears worth over UGX 4 million to Zombo district COVID-19 taskforce, the West Nile Voice (WNV) donated food items worthy shs43 million to all the districts of the region.

The vice chairman of WNV electricity connectivity committee Mr Jackson Atima said the contributions came from members and well-wishers prominent among them; Mr Asega Aliga and the secretary general of NRM Ms Kasule Lumumba who contributed generously towards the cause.

In total, 400 bags of cassava flour and 27 bags of beans each of 100kg were purchased to be distributed to vulnerable people in all the 11 districts of the region.

Mr Andrew Kajoyingi, the Resident district commissioner Zombo and also the chairperson district taskforce received the items from the bank’s branch manager on Monday.

He commended Centenary bank for the support extended through its branches saying such an initiative is paramount in scaling up the work of the taskforce which is faced with a huge resource constraint.

“I’m appealing to partners and all people of good will to continue supporting us because we are faced with a huge challenge of providing fuel and other facilitations to the police and the army and also lack of food to feed those in quarantine”, he said.

Kajoyingi said it is the role of everyone to support the fight against COVID-19 as directed by the President.

Mr Vanancio Mpiirwe, the branch manager Centenary bank Paidha said the donation is part of the bank’s cooperate social responsibility and support to government efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Branch manager Centenary bankBranch manager Centenary bank Paidha hands over the assorted medical items to the Medical Superintended Nyapea hospital.

He said the bank has taken other interventions as well to decongest the banking hall, through promotion of usage of alternative transaction channels like; cente-mobile, the automated teller machine (ATM), mobile money platforms and the numerous bank agents to access banking services.

“We are cautious of the health of our clients that is why we have also taken into account individual protection at the banking hall to avoid cross infections in of any”, he said.

He said much as restructuring the loans is tricky to the bank, the institution has gone ahead to do so for the wellbeing of its customers.

Dr Jammy Omara, the medical superintendent Nyapea hospital where the items were allocated said the donation is instrumental in preparing the hospital for any eventuality regarding the battle against corona virus.

He said the donation has come in handy since the health workers are at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic.