By Nathan Eyagu
Emorikikinos, a newly registered NGO that aims at uniting citizens against Covid 19 in Soroti City has delivered a donation of food items to Covid 19 patients in the covid 19 unit.
The food items were delivered yesterday at a ceremony held in Soroti Referral Hospital.
Margret Etilu, a member in the NGO urged the care takers of the Covid-19 patients to always pray and motivate the patients so that they don’t suffer from stigma. She argued that stigma is one of the reasons that Covid-19 patients die.
Eriamu Boniface, in charge publicity of the NGO told the media that their NGO started with a few members who got hurt and heartbroken after losing their beloved ones to Covid-19.
He revealed that they were joined by other members of the public with the aim of helping those fighting the virus so that they get well and also fight the stigma. He said they have approached counselors who will help talk to those undergoing stigma and plan to move their services beyond Soroti City.
‘’After talking to the in charge of the covid 19 unit, we were told that there were about 74 Covid-19 patients admitted and today we are donating basically food stuff to them,” Eriamu said.
He also said the first donation that they did a month ago included sanitizers, jik, fruits and other items.
“Today we are donating soap, fruits and food stuff to all the patients and also the medical staff in the covid unit and we call upon the public to join us, ’’ he said.
Dr. John Etolu, the covid 19 regional task force coordinator who is also a part of Emorikikinos Group appreciated the team for donating the food items. He said the hospital has only been able to provide lunch for the patients as the rest is left to the family.
Dr. Etolu urged the public to continue supporting the covid unit as it’s currently overwhelmed with many covid 19 patients within the region as compared to other covid 19 units in the country.
‘’I have seen a number of items like lemons, sugar, bread, posho, soap, Irish potatoes and others which will be of great help to the patients and also a donation to the medical team,” Dr. Etolu said.
He further advised the community to continue following the SOP’S as the virus continues to be deadly.