Italian Embassy donates COVID-19 treatment machines to UPDF

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Amb. Massimiliano Mazzarati handing over some of the donated items; MOD Photo

Bombo Military Hospital through the Italian Embassy has today received two portable respirators for the treatment of COVID-19 donated by Leornado Company an Italian multinational company specializing in aerospace, defence and security.

The respirators which will be utilized by Bombo Military Hospital and State House Military Hospital and were received by the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), General David Muhoozi. For patients with the worst effects of coronavirus infection, a ventilator can offer the best chance of survival by taking over the body’s breathing process when disease has caused the lungs to fail.

Speaking at the ceremony held at the Ministry of Defense headquarters Mbuya, the CDF thanked the Italian ambassador H.E Massimiliano Mazzarati for choosing to support UPDF in the fight against COVID-19, with the respirators that are one of a kind in Uganda.

Gen. Muhoozi also thanked Leornado Company for maintaining their longstanding relationship with UPDF.

In his remarks, the Italian Ambassador Massimiliano Mazzarati acknowledged the selfless service the UPDF soldiers have offered within Uganda and the peacekeeping efforts within the region, especially AMISOM.

“We thought of something more concrete to cement our friendship with the UPDF and the best way to express this appreciation is in terms of donating these two respirators especially during these times of COVID-19” H.E Mazzarati said.

In attendance was the Joint Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Joseph Musanyufu, the Commander Air Force, Lt. Gen. Charles Lutaaya, Commanding Officer UPDF Marines, Brig. Gen. Michael Nyarwa, the Defense Spokesperson, Brig. Flavia Byekwaso, a delegation from the Italian Embassy in Uganda and Leornado Company, and other UPDF senior officers.

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