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PSFU Launches covid-19 Task Force and campaign

The Private Sector Foundation UgandaPSFU, has launched the Private Sector Task Force and a Campaign against Covid 19. The task force is mandated to enforce the covid 19 SOPS in both the business and non-business community to curtail the spread of the virus in the country, under a campaign dubbed “Tugobe Corona”.

The second wave of covid 19 is ravaging Uganda; tearing through a society still struggling to fend off the effects of the first wave. The pandemic has affected the government and the private sector in equal measure.

It is upon this background that the Private Sector Foundation Uganda has established a task Force and launched a Campaign to control and prevent the spread of covid – 19.

Prof. Elly Karuhanga, the chairperson, PSFU says the covid numbers have doubled;

Covid has doubled in Uganda and clearly every one of us involved in this country in any activity has someone they have lost due to covid 19.”

Elly Karuhanga also says the task force is comprised of all the associations of businesses in the private sector. These shall work hand in hand with partners like the UN, master card foundation and the government to effect the campaign against covid 19.

He said the “task force is hinging on the task forces of different associations. no one will enter any mall in Kampala without a mask, without observing SOPS, without washing hands and without distancing.”

He further adds that some of the key set duties of the task force include, restocking oxygen, Personal protective gears for medics and buying the AstraZeneca vaccines in conjunction with the ministry of health.

“We have noted key priorities like lack of adequate oxygen, so we can help in supplying that, we need to supply equipment, facilities to produce testing kits that are locally manufactured, we are working very hard to look for measures that can limit the spread of the disease in communities.”

This comes just a few days after the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni declared measures to reduce on the spread of the covid-19 virus in the country which include reinstatement of the curfew, ban on schools education programs and restrictions on inter-district travels.

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