Dr.Sophie Namasopo, Kabale regional referral hospital director says that due to the increase in the number of Covid-19 patients in critical condition, the demand for oxygen has also increased at the facility’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Kabale regional referral hospital has suspended the supply
of oxygen gas to lower health facilities in the Kigezi sub-region.
The presence of an oxygen plant at Kabale regional referral hospital
has been a relief to both government and private health facilities in the Kigezi sub-region.
Some of the facilities that have been benefiting from the near by plant include; Mutorere and Kisoro hospitals in Kisoro district, Rugarama, and Rushoroza
hospitals in Kabale District, Kisiizi and Nyakibaare Hospitals in Rukungiri
District, Bwindi Community, and Kambuga Hospitals in Kanungu district.
However, Dr. Sophie Namasopo, the Kabale regional referral
hospital director says that due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 patients who are in
critical condition, the demand for oxygen has also increased at the facility’s Intensive
Care Unit (ICU).
According to Namasopo, 80
COVID-19 cases are so far admitted at the facility’s isolation ward. Among the total,
30 are on life support.
Namasopo says that because the hospital is partly solving
the problem of lack of oxygen cylinders after receiving 10 cylinder heads from
the Ministry of health and more 10 as a donation from David Kwesiga Bahati, the state
Minister for Industry at the Ministry of Trade and Cooperatives, it has started
utilizing most of the oxygen from the plant to give patients in the ICU.
She also says that the increasing number of patients in
the ICU has put the plant under strain and as a result, it is unable to produce
more oxygen to supply to other health facilities. She says that however much the news sounds bad,
but other hospital facilities will try to get oxygen from other places.
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But, Namasopo says that the affected health facilities still
have a chance of getting oxygen from the oxygen backup plant in Mbarara (she
declined to disclose), however much they also supply on order.
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Dr. Gilbert Mateka, the Rugarama hospital medical Superintendent
says that they have seven COVID-19 patients admitted at the facility but none
of them is in critical condition. Mateeta says that they will opt to refer patients
who will be in need of oxygen to Kabale regional referral hospital in case of oxygen gas crisis.