"Those Who Refuse COVID Jabs Will End In Hospitals or Die" Say Medics

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Rumours and myths surrounding Covid-19 vaccines have thrown some Ugandans into an abyss of fear and mistrust yet studies have shown that current vaccines appear to be effective enough to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
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With the outcry about high treatment charges for COVID-19 patients at private health facilities, some doctors there say only vaccination will end the crisis. They say whoever is refusing to be vaccinated will ultimately pay price when they end in hospitals.

Lately private facilities like Medipal, Kampala International and Case Hospital among others have been accused charging more than necessary for services at Intensive Care Units.    

Some of the administrators of those hospitals say managing a COVID-19 patient under intensive care cannot be any cheaper they unanimously agree that the only way to avoid those high treatment cost is to have ever Ugandan vaccinated. The other alternative is to let people to get the disease for them to get natural immunity.  

The medics however says the second option is problematic because one is not guaranteed of naturally without acquiring severe complication that would require intensive care in hospitals.

Medipal Hospital’s Medical Director, Richard Lukwandwa explains that says while many have complained about the costs charged for services at Intensive Care and High Dependence Units, the reality is treating a person with COVID-19 is not cheap in terms of drugs, oxygen and specialists involved.  

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According Lukandwa, Medipal’s emergency unit handled 175 COVID-19 patients in the month of June alone. 159 of those got admitted while 28 were admitted at ICU and HDU.

Twenty-six patients.   An analysis by Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS-Uganda) showed that the daily rate for critically ill patients at Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admissions ranged between three million to five million shillings.  

HEPS-Uganda also found that severely ill patients requiring High Dependence Unit (HDU) care paid between one to two million shillings per day and hospitalization for a two-week’s period required up to 100 million shillings.

Lukandwa says unfortunately even with such a huge expenditure, patients in Uganda like elsewhere in the world die.  

“So the key message for this COVID-19 pandemic is each and every one of you need to highlight the importance of vaccination. Because we are not going to have very easy answers in terms of treatment. Because the COVID private providers are very few, and we are very stretched. And in the longer term insurance is very key” said Lukandwa 

Value of Vaccination Against COVID-19

Rumours and myths surrounding Covid-19 vaccines have thrown some Ugandans into an abyss of fear and mistrust yet studies shown that current vaccines appear to be effective enough to end the pandemic.

But because of rumors, it is emerging that many of those that have succumbed to the disease were vaccine hesitant.

Case Hospital Medical Director, Dr. Miriam Apiyo like her Medpal counterpart says only those that are fully vaccinated can survival serious complications leading to hospitalization at ICU and High Dependency units. She says unfortunately some of the healthcare providers who have ended up admitted were found to have not been vaccinated.

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Apiyo says at the height the COVID-19 wave last month, even the country’s referral hospitals were not able to sustain because all hospitals were full.

She says the recent wave leading to the outcry about charges exposed the fact that the regional referral hospitals not had defective Intensive care units but intensive care specialists.

“In this country as we talk, if we have sixty ventilators. Where are those ventilators? The biggest percentage are in the private sector. Why doesn’t the government have one? Because almost every  district has a regional hospital.” Asked Apiyo “Why do we think that despite the fact that those regional hospitals exist, there is only HDU care or ICU or critical care with fully functional? “

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So in the absence of critical care at the regional referral hospitals, Apiyo says COVID-19 patients have flooded to already overstretched private providers.

“And of course then you cannot use that hospital to judge a hospital that has complete care to critical care capacity. So what I’m really saying is that let’s vaccinate and avoid those costs “said Apiyo

COVID-19 is still a threat to people who are unvaccinated says Pontiano Kaleebu, the Director of the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). Kaleebu urges whoever has not been vaccinated to get the two shots in the arm with Astazeneca to protect themselves in case they get infected.

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Professor Kaleebu, a Clinical immunologist and HIV/AIDS researcher says while the coronavirus may disappear within just 14 days or less, treating COVID-19 can be that expensive when hospitalized.

Professor Kaleebu says some people end up with  ongoing health problems several weeks or even longer after getting infected. He says there is evidence that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19. “

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