National social security fund (NSSF) has donated 5,000 Coronavirus testing kits reagents and accessories worth Shs381 million.
Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Acen has applauded NSSF for supporting government efforts and responding to the call by President Yoweri Museveni to contribute towards government efforts to curtail #COVID-19.
“We are taking a comprehensive approach in the fight against #COVID-19. But we recognize that in order to stop transmission of the disease, we have to test and treat those infected. Testing allows us to quickly know who has contracted the disease” Minister Jane Ruth Acen said.
NSSF Managing Director, Richard Byarugaba said the fund was responding to a call by government and experts that testing for Coronavirus is one of the most important steps in combating the spread. Byarugaba further said the fund’s decision to donate testing kits was informed by fact that there were less #COVID-19 kits in hospitals.
“Our decision to donate testing kits is informed by the model government is employing in combating the #COVID-19, which is an emphasis on testing as many suspected cases as possible as well as their contacts” Byarugaba said.