According to the District Community Development Officer, the recent survey carried out on condom use by the youths between 15- 24 years who are the majority , shows that only 4% know how to use them correctly.
Acam also notes that the hospital also struggles with lack of sundries that are used in the management of fistula and that they also don’t have a specialized surgeon noting that they have to source for one from Kitovu Hospital, Soroti and Busitema Universities. Specialized Hospital.
Dr. Emmanuel Tugaineyo, the Director of Mbale Regional Referral Hospital confirmed to URN last week that they were sourcing blood from Nakasero Blood Bank due to the shortage at the facility. He explained that the units of blood the hospital is getting from Mbale Regional Blood bank is inadequate to meet their needs.
Rev. Can. Titus Nelson Kutosi, the Chairperson of the Elgon Zone Inter-Religious Council and member of the task force said that he finds it challenging that COVID-19 vaccines have expired amidst high demand across the country.
Dr. Patrick Mutono couldn’t have any of this, saying that the Ministry of Health had informed them that they had delivered 8 ambulances to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital to support the management of COVID-19 cases.
Last week, the Mbale City task force threatened to close the market should the vendors fail to adhere to the presidential directive. Muhammad Wedala, a dealer in produces says that they were promised nets which they are yet to receive.
Addressing the District COVID-19 Taskforce on Friday, Kato revealed that they are currently depending on donations from well-wishers such as the Child Care Project-CCP, which gave them 100liters of diesel to enforce the guidelines.
Edward Nyongesa, the Mbale District/City Surveillance officer attributes the increasing death at the hospital to inadequate oxygen supply. He says on average at least four people succumb to the virus at the hospital each day.
Kapchorwa District LC V Chairperson, Evelyn Kubalika, says that the CAO tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday last week. She explains that when Kandole felt unwell, he decided to self-isolate but his condition deteriorated on Friday and was rushed to Mbale Regional Hospital where he was put on oxygen.
The city has registered 663 cases since the breakout of the pandemic. Of these, 545 have recovered, 118 still active, while nine lives have been lost within this month. But the task force says that they do not have enough money to run awareness campaigns and enforcement programmes that would help to keep coronavirus at bay.
Dr Emanuel Tugaineyo, the Director of Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, says that the oxygen plant broke down on Tuesday after being overstretched. He says the plant was working beyond its normal capacity because of the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
According to the task force members, the clinic has been closed to allow investigations in the theft of the oxygen cylinder to flow smoothly. Some members said that there are several complaints of sneaking patients out from the hospital to the same clinic where some of the patients end up dying.