Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda has handed over its contribution of Ugx. 1.3billion with three brand new pick-up trucks added to the Ministry of Health COVID-19 fleet.
Prime Minister and Chair of the National Task Force for COVID-19, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, commended Coca-Cola for being a long-standing partner with the government in health causes.
“We are grateful. Coca-Cola has been a long-standing partner with us in many ways. Let’s continue the fight against COVID-19 together,” said Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.
Conrad van Niekerk, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Regional Managing Director, said “Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 in Uganda, we have been working with the Ministry of Health to support and implement measures to curb its spread. We believe in sustainability – of business and the communities in which we operate.”.
The Coca-Cola contribution towards curbing the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda included a consignment of food relief worth Ugx. 390million from The Coca-Cola Foundation, distributed through the Uganda Red Cross Society to vulnerable families affected by the lockdown. The company also donated Ugx. 85 million to the Ministry of Health to buy medical equipment and sundries.
Alongside the Ministry of Health, CCBA is currently running a handwashing intervention that involves setting up Handwashing facilities to increase public hygiene. So far, the company has erected four 5,000litre Community Handwashing Tanks in Namanve, Kyambogo and Mbarara Central Market.
The company went further to manufacture Hand Sanitizer that is being distributed free of charge to select segments of society across the country, including those involved in fast-moving consumer goods wholesale and retail trading.
“We are very happy to make this contribution while working closely with different government entities in the fight against COVID-19 for the greater good. When all this passes, all that will be left will be our people, so we have to stand strong together,” van Niekerk reiterated.