James Ongicha, the engineering technician and regional workshop manager says that, the plant used to refill five cylinders in two hours, however, it currently performs the same task for close to four hours, which creates the need to service it urgently.
Health workers have expressed the urgent need to service Jinja
regional referral hospital’s oxygen plant.They claim its daily
output has fallen significantly, after being overworked beyond its routine capacity so as to meet the current high oxygen demands at the facility.
Speaking to journalists after receiving ten empty cylinders
from national medical stores-NMS on Sunday, William Olum, the hospital’s senior
pharmacist says that such oxygen storage facilities will boost their
operations in serving the increasing number of patient but their main challenge
remains the inability to refill the oxygen cylinders.
Olum reveals that, with the cylinder supplies from NMS, the
hospital now boosts of 87 oxygen cylinders which would effectively meet the
patient demands, if there was a mechanism of timely refilling within the
He further states that despite the heightened demand by
covid-19 critical patients, all other patient wards mainly theatre and emergency, require
frequent oxygen supplies which can only be availed to them with sustainable
oxygen production from a fully functional oxygen plant.
//cue in: “ideally when you’re…
Cue out…due for servicing,”.//
On his part, James Ongicha, the engineering technician and
regional workshop manager says that, the plant used to refill five cylinders in two hours, however, it currently performs the same task for close to
four hours, which creates the need to service it urgently.
He adds that, since the plant is currently incapacitated to
meet the ever increasing oxygen demands at the moment, they are now relying on
factories to cover the oxygen deficits within the different hospital wards.