Parliament on Wednesday called on government to fulfill its 2.9 billion shillings Presidential pledge to the Uganda Red Cross.
Steven Tashobya MP Kajara County also board member Uganda Red Cross notes that many countries have disaster monitoring units that monitor and coordinate relief during disasters in a very short time.
Responding to Minister Ruhakana Rugunda’s statement on the Namungoona fire incident that cost 38 lives, the huge number could have been avoided had the patients not be taken to hospital after one a half hours.
Tashobya proposes that government should set up a unit to monitor disasters and reinforce the available institutions. He also made recognition for the role of Uganda Red Cross in all calamities that have befallen the country.
The Kajara county MP thus calls on government to fulfill the 2.9 billion shs to increase their capacity to buy items such as blankets, basins and foods for disaster victims.
Tim Lwanga, the chairperson of the Budget committee and MP Kyamuswa County, described the status of Mulago burn institute that is struggling with the fire victims as a mess. He states that the burn unit is supported by Dutch donors that were giving the unit 500 million each year but that aid has been cut.
The burn unit is in need of surgical knives, medicines and dressings worth 39 million shillings, four intensive unit care ventilators worth 94 million shs, eight monitors worth 4 million, a warmer worth 51 million.
Lwanga adds that they need about 21 million shillings to feed and look after all the burn patients for the next six weeks.
Ruhakana Rugunda, the Minister for Health, in his statement stated that following the tragedy in which 28 bodies were got from the accident scene, ten more victims died in Mulago bringing the total number of dead to 38 as of today morning.
32 bodies have so far been claimed by relatives and seven remain unidentified. Tissue samples have been taken from the remaining bodies and claimants for confirmatory DNA tests to be carried out at the government analytic laboratory in Wandegeya. The results are expected in a week’s time.
On June 29 at 9:30PM a fuel truck travelling towards Busega exit on the northern bypass was involved in an accident at Namungoona. It is reported that the fuel truck was hit from the rear by a fast moving van causing leakage of fuel from the truck.
Many members of the community in the surrounding area especially boda boda riders converged at the area and scrambled to siphon the leaking fuel. In the subsequent commotion, the trucks caught fire, exploded and in the process many people were severely burnt.