Busega Scotland interacts with the Covid-19 in different ways. One of our Mayega and Moving-on graduates, Happiness, has started making face coverings for sale in Mwanza. She is qualified tailor but the market for wedding dresses at the shop where she works has dried up. Indeed, the economy of the city has taken a significant downturn and prices are rising. Residents, like Happiness, have to make a living in whatever ways they can. Face coverings are now compulsory in many public places, such as banks and the shopping mall.
Our Project Leader, Gadlord Deuli, has one but we are not sure if Happiness was the creator. Reports we are receiving from Mwanza suggest that case numbers are rising and there is a quarantine camp on the outskirts of the city. The cost of PPE in Tanzania is increasing all the time. Our recent purchases from the government’s medical store, for the Children’s Centre at Mayega, are a bit eye-watering.
£19 for a box of 50 pairs of gloves.
£47 for a box of 50 face masks. The gloves and masks, along with aprons and face guards, are only to be used if we have a suspected case at the Centre. We are co-ordinating with Busega District Council in planning our response. We have received no reports of any confirmed cases in the district.