At Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, Dr Wilson Etolu, the COVID-19 Focal Point Person at the hospital told the MPs that the health workers are demoralized by the deductions on their allowances. Etolu also said that the frontline workers delay receiving the allowances.
The MPs, who are on the nationwide tour to assess covid-19 management capacities in health facilities and local governments, noted that the response teams are finding difficulties to effectively operate with conditioned financial releases.
The oxygen plant in the hospital produces only five cylinders of oxygen in two hours, a rate that falls far below the 150 cylinders a day required for the current number of patients at the COVID-19 Treatment Unit. Currently, the unit is managing 74 patients with 45 severe cases on oxygen support, while 98 others are in home-based care.