Dr. Emmanuel Tugaineyo Ituzo, the Director Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, says they have halted fresh admissions because the number of Covid19 patients is beyond their bed capacity. He says they are in the process of relocating the isolation center to the mental unit, which has the capacity of more than 40 beds.
Referral Hospital has stopped admitting Covid19 patients citing limited bed
There are currently 16 Covid19 patients in the isolation center at Mbale
Regional Referral Hospital, which has 10 beds.
Dr. Emmanuel Tugaineyo
Ituzo, the Director Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, says they have halted
fresh admissions because the number of Covid19 patients is beyond their bed capacity.
He says they are in the process of relocating the isolation center to the
mental unit, which has the capacity of more than 40 beds.
relocation has disrupted our mental health services. This means all patients
with serious mental problems will have to be referred to Butabika National
Mental Referral Hospital.
At the moment we are looking around for a place where
we can attend to mild cases and those we have been seeing on outpatient basis,”
Dr. Tugaineyo says
they are currently referring new Covid19 patients to Jinja and Soroti Regional
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Dr. Tugaineyo also
allayed the fears about the safety of health workers at the Isolation Center, saying
the hospital is fully equipped with Personal Protective Equipment.
“My store is
actually full and we are expecting more from the National Medical Stores-NMS.
There is nothing we don’t have as far as PPEs are concerned and we are taking
all the precautions to make sure our staff is safe,” he said.
This is contrary to
earlier revelations by Christine Lumonyo, the Focal Person for Infection Prevention
and Control at Mbale regional referral hospital that health workers at the
treatment center lack sufficient uniforms and bedding materials for patients,
which makes their work difficult.
Uganda has 457 Covid19
patients, majority of them truck drivers. The increasing number of patients has
piled pressure on isolation centers countrywide because of the limited bed
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.