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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.
Dr. Samuel Wako, the oxygen plant operator at Jinja regional referral hospital explaining the amount of oxygen cylinders collected per day.

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The oxygen plant at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital has broken down because of being overstretched. The breakdown of the plan has tricked panic in the hospital since almost all COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital are dependent on oxygen.

The same plant also serves lower health units. The breakdown of the oxygen plant comes amidst the increased admission of Coronavirus patients. 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 Tugaineyo, on a normal day, the plant refills 25 oxygen cylinders but due to the high demand, they are forced to refill over 40 cylinders. He explains that when the plant broke down, the hospital management notified the Ministry of Health and referred some of the patients in need of oxygen to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital.

He says that the Ministry has now provided some oxygen cylinders, which they are using at the hospital as technicians fix the oxygen plant.

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Mbale Regional Hospital has since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic registered 616 cases. Apparently, 33 patients are undergoing treatment within the treatment center; twelve of them are on oxygen. According to Tugaineyo, the hospital is registering patients with severe disease in need of oxygen.  

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