Saxony donates COVID-19 rapid tests and masks to Kiruddu Hospital in Kampala
Saxony is sending rapid antigen tests and masks to Uganda today (14 July 2021). The donation from the Free State’s stock includes 5,000 rapid antigen tests as well as 12,000 surgical and FFP masks worth around 24,300 Euros.
The COVID-19 pandemic is now also affecting many African countries, including Uganda, which had long managed to keep the pandemic largely out of the country.
The delivery will be delivered to The Kiruddu Hospital in Kampala, which is one of Uganda’s national reference centres for infectious diseases. The hospital has 200 beds and is currently at the forefront of fighting the disease with other reference clinics. The material is primarily used to protect medical staff and nurses.
Minister of State Oliver Schenk said: “The hospital’s employees operate in a highly infectious environment on a daily basis. As with us, doctors and nurses are highly challenged to ensure the care of patients. With our donation, we want to make a small contribution to coping with the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda.«
Schenk thanked the actors involved: “This is not the first time that the DHL location in Leipzig supports the dispatch of relief goods with its logistics expertise. During the pandemic, DHL is proving to be a strong pillar of Saxony as a business location.«
The Center for Infection Medicine at Leipzig University Hospital, Managing Director Prof. Dr. Christoph Lübbert and Private lecturer Dr. Amrei von Braun, have been working together with the Kiruddu Hospital in Kampala, headed by Dr. Charles Kabugo, for years. A project within the framework of the federal programme Clinic Partnerships is nearing completion. A new project was launched in June 2021 as part of the federal-state programme of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Under the leadership of the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ) and with funding from the Free State of Saxony, the two clinics are improving the Kiruddu Hospital’s capacity to combat infectious diseases. The project has a very strong training component and also helps prospective doctors from Saxony. The project envisages that doctors not only from Uganda but also from Leipzig will have the opportunity to deal specifically with patients suffering from complicated bacterial infections or typical tropical diseases such as malaria.
Source: Press release Saxon State Chancellery of 14.07.2021