By Kabuye Ronald
The ministry of health has revealed that they are in the final stages of awarding a contract to the suitable entity to procure 150 ICU beds to its regional referral hospitals and 55 ambulances.
Once procured each regional referral hospital will be given 10 ICU beds.
Speaking during the online engagement organized by cost Uganda in line with the infrastructure transparency and accountability under the theme: Public infrastructure transparency, the role of media and information, the ministry of health Senior Spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyona said that the indicative fee for ICU beds and Ambulances stand at 50 to 60 billion shillings and 10 billion respectively.
Ainebyona also revealed that as of Monday 18th, May, the ministry had 99 billion shillings to cater for the COVID19 emergency responses.
In his address to the nation, on Monday night president Museveni also revealed that by end of June this year government will have procured 145 ventilators for the regional referral hospitals and each will be given 10 of them.
In the same engagement Hon. Nathan Byanyima, the chairperson of Cost Uganda, emphasized the fact that a lot still needs to be done for public offices to gain public trust thus appealing to public officials to effectively open up, disclose the infrastructure projects details and carry out their works in a transparent and accountable manner.
He believes the above will help in doing away with the public’s i do not care attitude to owning up projects.
Gilbert Sendugwa, the Senior Regional Manager Africa, CoST International and Executive Director, Africa Freedom of Information Centre, also emphasized the need for public officers to make transparency and accountability part of their culture since it’s the only way they can gain public trust, vigilance and compliance.
Suzan Kataike, the principal communication officer at the ministry of works and transport faulted district inline projects officials and works committees for keeping information to themselves as opposed to sharing it with the public.
Suzan also called for more funding to the government communication and publicity offices to enable them do their work efficiently and effectively.
She further encouraged the public and journalists to be vigilant during this rainy and flood season by reporting cases of faults to the responsible agencies since there is an emergency fund that can cater for such.
Meanwhile Journalist Emmanuel Mutaizibwa, urged fellow journalists to use the COVID19 situation as an opportunity to be alert, curious, investigate and probe more as opposed to taking and believing the officialdom positions.
He further urged the media houses to invest more in the investigative journalism to unearth the dirty that in the end cost the country.