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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.
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Gulu Regional Referral Hospital has raised concern about the intermittent power supply, saying it is affecting their efforts to save lives. Dr. David Tibamanya, the Principal Administrator Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, says the intermittent power supply affects the operation of the oxygen plant, which is vital for patients in intensive care.    

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.

“We can’t continue sharing the connection with other institutions if we must save lives. This is something we have put to the power distribution for the establishment of a separate line,” Tibamanya added.    

Tibamanya says that they plan to purchase the generator in the next financial year to address the problem of the intermittent power supply.

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He identified the most affected as the Intensive Care unit, psychiatric ward, eye department, operation room, surgical and general medicine ward. Dr. Paska Apiyo, a Physician and the Head of the general ward in the hospital, says they have no alternative whenever power is off.

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About 20 patients whose conditions needed oxygen were recently referred to other hospitals include St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor and Mulago National Referral Hospital. 

John Magulu, the Engineer Customer Care Services for UMEME in the Northern Region told URN in a phone interview that the situation in the hospital needs an urgent response.

“Our team will urgently be in the hospital to assess the situation-aware that the hospital is where lives are saved,” Eng. Magulu added.