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Jinja Hospital’s Oxygen Plant Stretched, Requires Servicing

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.
Some of the oxygen cylinders which were handed over to Jinja regional referral hospital by officials from National Medical Stores-NMS.

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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 hospital premises.

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.

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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. 

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