James Elima, the Gulu Regional Referral Hospital Administrator disclosed that they have opted to refill its medical oxygen cylinders for patients in critical conditions from the Catholic owned St Mary`s Hospital Lacor in Gulu City as they battle inconsistent supplies due to intermittent power supply and inadequacy.
William Onyai, the Gulu District Health Educator says the Village Taskforces Chaired by Village Chairpersons became dormant towards the end of last year when the rate of infections went down and that they have been revived late last week to monitor the COVID -19 patients reviving treatment from home.
Bezy Omoya, the senior Hospital Administrator at Kitgum General Hospital says the increasing numbers of covid-19 patients in need of oxygen at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital Treatment center has affected the supply of oxygen to other health facilities.
James Onono Ojok, the University’s Assistant Public Relations Officer disclosed to URN that following closure of education institutions by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on May 7, public demand especially from the returning students overstretched the facility and exhausted the available resources.
Dr Paska Apiyo disclosed with the spike in new cases, the unit is being operated by only eight personnel; 4 nurses, a medical doctor and a physician including two cleaners saying work volume has over stretched them.
Charles Eyoung, the Psychiatric Medical Officer at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital revealed that the treatment of a single patient cost more than a million Shillings, which the government isn’t providing. Naltrexone, one of the most expensive drugs used for the treatment of mental health patients tentatively costs the government Shillings 650,000.
On Thursday, the authority issued a notice to the public indicating that following the screening tests that were conducted early this week, one of the staff members was found positive and is currently undergoing case management.
Dr. Charles Eyoung, the Psychiatrist Doctor at the Mental Health Unit disclosed to URN in an interview that the Hospital has run out of the essential drugs. These include among others Phenytoin, which controls seizures in patients with epilepsy and Naltrexone that is used in the treatment of post-traumatic disorder and alcohol abuse.
Michael Odur, a resident of Labworomor village in Akwang, says that caring for the children affected by the nodding condition since the closure of the treatment centers has become an uphill task for him and the entire family due to resource constraints.
Irene Laker, a board member of Gulu Union for Persons with Disabilities revealed in an interview that the office receives at least 3 cases of the women testing positive with the infection on a daily basis.
The Deputy Director of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, Dr Paska Apiyo, also a Physician and in-charge of in charge of COVID-19 Treatment Center says most patients being admitted at the facility have been showing signs of severe complications.
According to Tibamanya, they often fail to manage patients whose conditions requires oxygen because of the intermittent power supply. He attributes that the power problem to the fact they share a single line with neighbouring institutions.
An official at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital told URN on condition of anonymity that there are often between 3 to 4 unclaimed bodies at the facility each month. Dr. David Tibwamanya, the Principal Administrator Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, says that always hand such bodies to Gulu City Council after waiting for their relatives to claim them in vain.