According to the task force members, the clinic has been closed to allow investigations in the theft of the oxygen cylinder to flow smoothly. Some members said that there are several complaints of sneaking patients out from the hospital to the same clinic where some of the patients end up dying.
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.
Despite carrying at full capacity, the operators have doubled the fares. For instance, from Mbale to Soroti which was 10,000 Shillings, the fares have increased to 15,000 Shillings and 20,000 Shillings.
At Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, health officials who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity said they will not get the vaccine until they see the president vaccinated. During his televised address on Sunday, president, Yoweri Museveni said that he was yet to decide on which COVID-19 vaccine to use.
Earlier on the officials of Inzu Ya Masaba officials had indicated that only 200 people with invites would attend the burial in the Health Ministry directive to contain the spread of COVID-19. Police deployed to enforce the Standard Operating Procedures and blocked the non-invited mourners from accessing the burial grounds.
Emma Bwayo, the State Minister for Cooperatives, Production and Marketing in Inzu Ya Masaba confirmed Mushikori’s death, saying he is waiting for his colleagues to arrive and take the body to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital.
Ahmed Sebutinde, a truck driver in Mbale City says that government Promised to give all citizens face masks to curb the spread of the Covid-9 but they kept on waiting in vain. He said that anyone who puts on government face masks in Mbale City is probably not a native of the area.
Dr. Ahmed Bumba, the Manager Mbale Regional Blood Bank, says they have again run out blood and are currently rationing the little they are getting from the public. He explains that they collect the blood during the day and process it at night for distribution the next day.
Medical personnel need to be equipped with N95 masks, surgical masks, and face shields, gowns and gloves among others, before caring for COVID-19 suspects and confirmed cases. But many of them have reported a shortage of both personal effects and protective equipment amidst the dire need.
In Mbale, Imbalu processions are predominantly taking places in Bufumbo, Budwale, Wanale and Mooni among other areas. Early this month, Inzu Ya Masaba, the Bamasaba Cultural Institution issued SOPs in line with Ministry of Health COVID-19 preventive guidelines.
Edward Nyongesa, the Mbale District Surveillance Officer, says the five family members are the first known contacts of the deceased. He says the surveillance team is on ground to ascertain the exact number of people who could have been in contact with the deceased pastor.
Edward Nyongesa, the Mbale District Surveillance Officer told Uganda Radio Network that the aspirant offered himself for testing in line with the directive by the National Resistance Movement-NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. Tanga Odoi to all aspirants to test for Covid19 before nominations.
Ahamed Bumba, the Director of Mbale blood Bank said that they expected to collect at least 4,000 units of blood in this month of July in ordered to sufficiently supply in all health facilities but they have only collected 1,600 units of blood.
Mbale District COVID-19 Surveillance Focal Person, Edward Nyogensa told URN that the deceased presented with COVID-19 symptoms including dry cough, flue and chest pain. He says they have drawn samples from the deceased for testing.