By Wetondo Denis Julius
Local leaders in Mbale district have refused to participate in activities of massive government face mask distribution scheduled to kick off today 10th March 2021.
This was revealed by Dan Nabende, the LCIII chairperson of Bumbobi Sub County, Mbale district yesterday during the launch of face mask distribution exercise at Mbale district head offices located at Malukhu Ward, Industrial City Division in Mbale City.
Nabende said that government has since the outbreak of covid-19 last year never considered local leaders in terms of giving them facilitation or allowances yet they do lots of works at lower government levels.
He added that during house to house registration, the District Health Officer Mbale district, Dr. Wangisi Jonathan assured them that each person above 6 years of age will get 4 face masks but they were shocked at the launch to hear that each person will get one face mask.
Stephen Wamimbi, the LCII chairperson of Busoba parish, Busoba Sub County also says that as local leaders they are not ready to be part of the distribution exercise unless they iron out the outstanding issues.
“Since the government is considering mainly the district health department and RDC in terms of funding, let those two departments distribute the masks,” Wamimbi said.
However, Jonathan Wangisi the Mbale district health officer says that if local leaders refuse to involve in the excises due to lack of allowances they are going to use civil servants at lower local levels and VHTs to carry out the exercise.
He revealed that government has not allocated money in this distribution exercise.
Wangisi also says that they have got 464,000 face masks from ministry of health which they are going to distribute to 464,000 people above 6 years of age.
Asumine Nasike, the Resident District Commissioner of Mbale has urged people going to get these face masks to use them well by putting them on at public places such that they can fight covid19.
Covid19 cases in Mbale district have gone down. Last month, only five cases were reported, treated and cured.