Dr Edward Muwanga, the Kyotera District Health Officer, says that they are eagerly waiting for the supplies given the increasing number of COVID cases. As of Monday, the district had 388 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Health authorities in Kyotera and Rakai districts have raised concern
about the delayed distribution of supplies to boost the district`s preparedness to Covid-19.
Last week, the Ministry of Health announced that it would dispatch
additional medical supplies including oxygen cylinders to regional referral
hospitals and health units. However, in Kyotera and Rakai districts, the
authorities are yet to receive the supplies.
Dr Edward Muwanga, the Kyotera District Health Officer, says that
they are eagerly waiting for the supplies given the increasing number of COVID
cases. As of Monday, the district had 388 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Muwanga further noted that all HCIII facilities received COVID-19
antigen Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs), but did not receive Polymerase Chain
Reaction (PCR) sample collection and packaging materials, including request
forms which have impeded the testing exercise.
Richard Bantubalamu, the Kalisizo Hospital Administrator, says
apart from the normal deliveries which were made last week, they have not
received any supplies.
However, Rakai hospital and other lower units have not received
the equipment as well according to Moses Sakor, the Rakai DHO.
Eng. George Otim, the Commissioner Health Infrastructure –Ministry
of Health, says the distribution process started on Wednesday and it’s being
managed together with the Joint Medical Stores (JMS) and National Medical
Otim explains that they have experienced some delays on the side
of the JMS which was still clearing some equipment with the Uganda Revenue
He further adds that most of the hospitals will have received the
equipment by Sunday.