Although the hospital has an oxygen plant, its production does not match the demand especially during the surge of COVID_19. The current plant which has the capacity to produce 30 oxygen cylinders is now producing at least 25 yet the unit uses approximately 60 cylinders per day.
Emmanuel Ddombo, the Director of Information and Public Relations in NRM, says the expansion of the cabinet is meant to improve government efficiency. However, Mpuuga, who also doubles as the Nyendo-Mukungwe division Member of Parliament in Masaka city faults the NRM caucus for overlooking other urgent needs of the country such as improving the facilities managing COVID-19 patients as opposed to rubberstamping a proposal that lacks significance to Ugandans.
Dr. Joseph Mugisha, the project Deputy Principal Investigator, says preliminary findings show that many people are inclined to using herbal concoctions for disease prevention as opposed to the scientifically proven methods.