KAMPALA — City businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia has on Saturday April 04, announced a donation of two pickup trucks towards government efforts to fight the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
Through Ruparelia Group’s charity arm, The Ruparelia Foundation, Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia donated two new Tata Xenon XLT S.CAB pickup trucks to assist government in dealing with the problem of transport during this COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID-19 crisis is affecting all of us in a way no other crisis has. If you are coping and able to help someone worse off, now is the time to act,” said Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia.
The property mogul, who also doubles as the Nepalese Honorary Consul to Uganda was responding to President Yoweri Museveni’s call to Uganda’s business community to help with the mobility of health teams in the 135 districts to effectively respond to any virus cases.
“I call upon our rich people- since you are all rich people, contribute one good vehicle…don’t give me second hand vehicles, I don’t want them, I won’t accept them,” President Museveni said during his Friday night COVID-19 address to the nation.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing large-scale loss of life and severe human suffering. It is a public health crisis without precedent in living memory, which is testing many nations collective capacity to respond.
Uganda, has by April 04 registered 48 cases of the novel Coronavirus, and no deaths have been reported.
However, globally, the coronavirus death toll soared past 60,000 on Saturday, as health experts calls for the public to cover their faces reignited debate about whether masks can be effective in stemming the pandemic.
The latest milestone came as Britain recorded a new daily high in fatalities. But hard-hit Spain recorded fewer deaths for a second straight day, providing a glimmer of hope in hard-hit Europe.
China, where the virus first appeared late last year, came to a standstill to mourn the patients and medical staff killed in the outbreak.
With a vision to create a positive and transformative change in the community, Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia established Ruparelia Foundation in 2012 on a simple belief that “We can achieve a lot when we work together.”
Basing on the Foundation’s catchphrase “Enriching Lives Together”, for the past years the Foundation has worked together with several people championing positive change in different communities across Uganda.
To achieve this goal of having improved livelihoods in society, the Foundation works to improve a solution directly or with strategic partners from the business, government and non-profit sector.