David Nuwamanya, the Hospital Principal Administrator told journalists on Monday that they are now producing 2999.4litres per minute something experts worry compromises the purity of the product and yet at times the ventilators cannot operate effectively with the increased pressure exerted on the machine.
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.
According to the Uganda Medical Association-UMA, their colleagues who on average earn 5 Million Shillings per month are being forced to go to private hospitals where some private hospitals which charge between 3 -5 Million Shillings per day. Some of the hospitals include Victoria and Novik.
This comes after a few days after the Uganda Prison Spokesperson; Frank Baine acknowledged that up to 59 COVID-19 patients have escaped from treatment facilities within Prison facilities since they started handling cases. The escapees were from Moroto and Jinja Prisons.
Dr Robert Opoka, a Makerere University-based researcher says that even the clinical guideline being used currently recommend lower quantities of the drug at 20milligrams per kilogram of the patient, yet higher doses have given better treatment results.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, Nuwamanya says that their oxygen needs have increased creating pressure on other oxygen-consuming units especially at the Uganda Heart Institute and the children’s acute ward.
For each patient, according to Kirenga, they will require a dose of at least two units which means that for the study to be complete, they will need to collect more 145 units of blood as the 127 units in stock will not be enough for their target.
The decision to stop sample collection services comes days after the health ministry increased sample collection sites within Kampala and Wakiso. The new collection sites include Kiswa Health Center IV, Kisenyi Health Center IV, Kibuli Hospital, Kawaala Health Center IV, Kitebi Health Center IV, Nsambya hospital, Kiira Health Center IV, Kasangati Health Center IV and International Hospital Kampala.
Dr. Merdard Bitekyerezo, the NDA Board Chairperson, says the president’s directive is timely, since the Authority was initially hesitant to license them but their hands we tied because they had already entered Memorandums of understanding with Mulago hospital management.
According to David Nuwamanya, the facility’s Principal Administrator, the 1 million Shillings, currently charged per week is no longer enough to cater for the requirements for patients to be treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Dr. Bruce Kirenga, an allergy expert and head the Lung institute, told URN that 3416 people were surveyed at household level to determine the prevalence of allergic asthma and other allergies and that respondents were followed for 12 months.
David Nuwamanya, the hospital Principal Administrator said that the old paper records are currently being migrated and integrated into the new electronic system whereby one’s health information will be accessible online to the different medical departments once one’s unique number is punched in.
Dr Lakor Francis, a Dental Surgeon at Mulago National Referral Hospital disclosed that the team carried out diagnosis and treatment of various ailments including influenza, tuberculosis, cough, ulcers, and malaria and de-worming among others. More than 500 people benefited from the camp.