As of yesterday, Prime Minister Rt Honourable Robinah Nabbanja revealed that a total of 413,5O4 beneficiary records had been submitted to the bank and that the payments represent a percentage of 82.5
By Fatia Ndirangwa
Despite government’s previously concluded efforts of giving out cash relief to categorised vulnerable groups as an initiative to enable them meet their lockdown meals, the Leader of Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga has called on government to as well consider doing more for the categorised vulnerable groups.
Mpuuga with concern revealed this while he presented his response on the Prime Minister’s statement on government’s COVID-19 response where he said that the vulnerable groups have other daily and monthly costs that government has to help them on among which include electricity, water and rent bills.
“Apart from food, the cash relief did not consider other costs of daily living such as rent, water, electricity and medical core. These costs ought to have been incorporated in the computation of the cash transfer amount,” he said.
As of yesterday, Prime Minister Rt Honourable Robinah Nabbanja revealed that a total of 413,5O4 beneficiary records had been submitted to the bank and that the payments represent a percentage of 82.5.
Mpuunga further asked government to also consider extending support to private health facilities in form of incentives such as tax waivers on utilities, deployment of medical personnel, joint procurement of drugs and supply of oxygen.
Meanwhile, on the country’s continued low vaccination rate, Mpuuga attributed this to the continued reliance on the donor driven COVAX facility and donations from well off countries such as Norway, India, China and USA noting that this approach of acquiring the drug alarming and shameful.
“The Prime Minister is right to be concerned with the low vaccination rate of 4% of the initial target of 21.9 Million eligible population. With this progress, vaccination of the eligible population would only be realized after 12 years in 2033,” he said.