Dr Robert Kalyesubula, a nephrologist at the hospital explains that the majority of those that they have received ended up in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and three of his kidney disease survivors have succumbed to the viral respiratory disease in the past week.
While daily COVID-19 positive cases had fallen to the lows of less than ten cases each day in early March and COVID-19 treatment centres closed, the daily case reports recently went up to the highs of more than a thousand cases on some days.
Arua hospital Director Dr Filbert Nyeko told the area COVID-19 taskforce today that the hospital has admitted 58 patients over the last three weeks, and lost three of the patients in admission. At the moment, the facility has 13 patients, seven of whom can only be sustained on oxygen.
The Officer-in-charge of Patongo Police station, Yunus Sebirumbi told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the management of the market failed to adhere to directives issued by the President and the Health Ministry.
As of yesterday, a total of 774,818 doses of the 964,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines that were received in March had been administered, amongst Ugandans across the country. The remaining doses, expected to be about 146,000 are estimated to be stored at different local government storage units awaiting use.
Janani Opoka Luwum, the head of sample collection and a Laboratory specialist at Kitgum General Hospital notes that the facility which is the main center for covid-19 testing has run out of stock of PPE.
Emmanuel Ddombo, the Director of Information and Public Relations in NRM, says the expansion of the cabinet is meant to improve government efficiency. However, Mpuuga, who also doubles as the Nyendo-Mukungwe division Member of Parliament in Masaka city faults the NRM caucus for overlooking other urgent needs of the country such as improving the facilities managing COVID-19 patients as opposed to rubberstamping a proposal that lacks significance to Ugandans.
Dr. Emmanuel Tugaineyo, the Director Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, says the hospital is struggling with blood shortage, adding that five children died on May 30th, 2021 because they couldn’t find blood, which matches their blood group.
James Wanzala, a fisherman at Kijangi landing site, says that the proposed suspension of night fishing operations is good. He, however, wants the COVID-19 Taskforce to come up with appropriate measures to compel fishermen not to cross to the DRC while on the lake.
“These two part-time anesthesiologists only show up to check on patients who fail to stabilize in a period of three days and when their situations are so complicated for us to handle, but the rest of the cases are being managed by the nurses throughout their admission at the ICU,” she says.