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Arua city council approves UGX 338 million Covid-19 supplementary budget

Arua hospital Covid-19 treatment unit. File Photo

Arua, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Arua City Council has approved 338 million shillings supplementary budget for management of Covid-19.

The money is part of the funds from the central government transfers to the cities and municipalities to support Covid-19 activities.

In an extraordinary council sitting held on Monday, the councilors approved expenditure.

The city taskforce was allocated 37 million shillings, 188 million to Village Health Teams, and 90 million shillings for the rapid response and surveillance team that will be carried out by councillors.

Presenting the breakdown of the budget, the Secretary for Finance, Planning and Administration Arua city Moses Adriko urged the councilors to commit their time for the Covid-19 mitigation exercise monitoring to curb down the spread of the pandemic.

Teddy Yako Gloria, the Speaker of the council asked the councilors to work with the VHTs to implement the activities and use the funds for the intended purpose.

However, the councilors demanded that the supplementary budget should not be diverted. He also called for the guidance of the VHTs on the proper use of the money.

Martin Oroch, the RCC Arua and chairperson Covid-19 taskforce cautioned the councillors to ensure transparency. Oroch also called for teamwork in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. He emphasized that the money to the villages will only be given to those who are already active in the fight against Covid-19.

The Mayor Arua City Sam Nyakua urged the councilors to carry out regular monitoring to ensure the activities are implemented.

According to the Ministry of Finance guidelines, each councilor will receive 334,800 Shillings for three days to monitor the Covid-19 mitigation exercise, 300,000 for VHTs and 100,000 Shillings for the village taskforce.

According to the Covid-19 status report, Arua city has registered a cumulative 719 Covid-19 positive cases and 345 recoveries.

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