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Parliament Approves Ugx 1Trillion Supplementary Budget for COVID-19 Interventions

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Parliament has approved a supplementary budget of 1.087 trillion Shillings to facilitate the COVID-19 response by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Trade and other government entities.

The approval followed a recommendation of the Budget Committee Chaired by Amos Lugoloobi, in line with a request which was tabled before parliament on June 16.

It also comes just four days to the end of the financial year 2019-2020, whose total budget stood at 40.48 trillion.

The Ministry of Health will use 89 billion Shillings of the total approval to fund requirements for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes Procurement of facemasks budgeted at 33 billion Shillings as part of the response to control the spread of the pandemic as the country eases the lockdown. Each mask will cost about 2,400 Shillings.

The Ministry will also use 2.3 billion Shillings for transport and allowances for the distribution of face masks, 37 billion Shillings for the procurement of test kits and laboratory consumables, Six billion Shillings for tents, four billion Shillings for support to Local Governments for District-based Surveillance activities in the 48 border districts and other districts with COVID-19 cases and 7.04 billion Shillings for re-modelling of Intensive Care Units (ICUs).

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