Government is to construct an oxygen plant at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital to address increasing demand at the facilities and neighboring health centers in Southern Region.
Ereazer Mugisha, the Administrator, Masaka Regional Referral Hospital says the construction work is expected to start in June this year.
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Mugisha says constructing an oxygen plant will enable them to cut their expenditure on buying oxygen cylinders, which have been eating into their budget.
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Mugisha says they are sometimes forced to refer patients to Mulago National Referral Hospital for emergency whenever they run out of oxygen due to the high number of patients.
Dr. Benedict Kiwanuka, the Head of the Out-Patient Department, says Masaka Regional Referral Hospital receives between 350 and 600 out-patients every night and the number increases to more than 1500 patients during day.
He says most of the cases received are referrals from other government health units mostly HCIIs, IIIs, IVs and hospitals. Dr. Kiwanuka says the construction of an oxygen processing plant will enable the patient to live with the hope of surviving.
50-year-old Amina Nakanyike, a mother of a 15-year-old accident victim, told URN the construction of the oxygen plant is welcome. She told URN that got worried when rumors started making rounds that oxygen was running out very fast in the theatre where he sun was being attended too.
Another woman in a children's ward, who preferred anonymity fearing negative eventualities, says she was forced to pay 30,000 Shillings to a health worker to help jump the queue for her son to be put on oxygen.