Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Prudential To Cover COVID-19 Expenses For Its Customers

Insurance firm Prudential has announced a cash pay-out to its customers, should they unfortunately be diagnosed with Covid-19. The firm said the pay-out is intended to help victim’s family manage expenses while they are in recovery.

In addition, if a customer is admitted to a hospital with Covid-19, Prudential will provide a daily allowance at no extra cost to the client. Covid -19 is impacting everyone and all aspects of our lives, said Arjun Mallik, Managing Director, Prudential East Africa.

‘In times of uncertainty, it is important that an insurer deliver on its promises. For nearly two centuries, Prudential has been standing up for clients and communities in good times and bad, and we stand with Uganda in this challenging time”, said Arjun Mallik, Managing Director, Prudential East Africa.

“The Covid 19 cover is applicable to all Prudential clients with a Pru Edusave or Prudential medical card, with in-force policies (up to date premiums). New clients who join within the next 45 days, will also be covered under this scheme. Tests need to be conducted from ‘Ministry of Health’ approved testing centres’’ Arjun added.

Al-hajji Kaddunabi Lubega, CEO, Insurance Regulatory authority said “this is a true exhibition of the ability of life insurance to help protect Ugandans in uncertain times and, as a regulator of the insurance sector, I commend Prudential Uganda for continuing to cover their clients during this pandemic and providing an extra service to Ugandans at no extra cost.”.

Effective immediately, Prudential Uganda is

  • Providing customers, staff and agents with a range of additional COVID-19 insurance cover at no cost
  • Waiving ‘pandemic’ exclusions written into policy language
  • Simplifying claims procedures and enabling claims to be made via WhatsApp
  • Setting up dedicated claims teams that function even if the physical offices are shut
  • Enabling customers to buy insurance without need to meet face to face with an agent

We shall continue to honour all claims swiftly as we have for nearly two centuries, including during the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 which affected a quarter of the world’s population at the time.

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PICTORIAL: 5,000 Kampala Vulnerable Families Get COVID-19 Relief Aid

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has put many people, especially the poor, into an enviable position as the country slowly but systematically locks down.

 

Many families in Kampala live under what is famously known as hand to mouth and with the restriction enforced on movement and work as a means of curtailing the spread of the virus, many families are struggling to feed.

 

In the spirit of giving and sharing, Ruparelia Foundation and Cedric Babu Ndlima, who is eying the Kampala Central MP seat organized a three-day tour of Kampala suburbs and delivered relief items like food, health kits to 5000 families.

 

The tour targeted the parishes of Kamwokya, Memgo, Kagugube, Bukesa, Nakivubo, Shauriyako, Industrial Area Kisenyi and Old Kampala.

 

They worked alongside local leaders specifically LC1 chairpersons to tour and deliver the items which included sugar, maize flour, beans & soap.   

 

The purpose of the tour was not only to show love and support during these trying times of coronavirus but to also sensitize the local community on what precautions and measurers they can do to protect their families and communities in which they live.

Under the theme #FightingCoronaTogether, Babu said noted that country is going through a difficult period right now. Uganda has as of Tuesday, 31st March 2020, confirmed 44 cases of COVID-19 with no death yet.

 

“This is the time for us to show collective responsibility. We have to unite, pull together as communities and follow the guidelines as set by the ministry of Health if we are to get though the crisis.” Babu said.

 

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NGO Wants Govt To Offer Special Allowances, Insurance To Professionals On COVID19 Frontline

Uganda’s battle against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) gets more tasking each day as new cases are discovered by the ministry of health and Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). As of midday Tueday, Uganda had a total number of 33 COVID-19 cases undergoing treatment and no death recorded. 

At the centre of this battle are medical personnel like doctors and nurses, people in security agencies and journalists who ensure that the masses continue to be updated of the latest developments. These people risk contracting the disease while on duty.

And for that matter, Centre for Budget and Tax Policy (CBTP) has suggested to President Yoweri Museveni that government considers to support them in form of financial allowances and insurance cover.

“These are exposed to the risk of contracting the virus and indeed some countries have already registered deaths amongst this population group. But also importantly, their involvement in this state of emergency has disrupted their daily routine which has a bearing on their income," Patric Katabazi, the executive director of CBTP wrote in a letter addressed to President Museveni.

This suggestion is just one of the many measures Katabazi suggested in a 27th March 2020 letter to the president titled 'matching social protection with social distancing'.

In the letter, Katabazi suggests over 16 ‘bold and drastic fiscal measures’ that when implemented can avert the spread of COVID-19 and cushion the population through this period by smoothening consumption patterns among the poor and vulnerable.

Among these measures is the suggestion that the government’s Senior Citizens Grants programme is expanding to include people of 60 years and above and their monthly disbursement is increased from Shs25, 000 to Shs50, 000.

The NGO also wants public servants earning less than Shs500, 000 like teachers, nurses and police officers to be given a top-up of at least Shs100, 000. The same, the NGO says, should be extended to the formal private sector to cater for people who earn less than Shs1m and pay PAYE.

The informal private-sector workers, the NGO suggests, should be supported with an income stimulus to avert income disruptions they are facing, including liaising with the landlords to renegotiate rent repayment. The NGO also suggests the government cut down on its spending by suspending ongoing projects, renegotiate with public debt creditors to reschedule loans repayment. 

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