Regional Referral Hospital is seeking for an additional 60 Oxygen Cylinders to
help manage the resurging COVID-19 cases. The hospital serves 13 districts in
W. Nile including Arua City, DR Congo and South Sudan.
However, the facility
has only 90 Oxygen gas cylinders, which the hospital Administration, says are insufficient
to handle Oxygen needs for COVID-19 cases and other patients. The Oxygen
Plant at Arua Regional Referral Hospital currently produces 15 Cubic Meters
(15,000litres) of Oxygen per Minute, which is unable to meet that current
demand because of the limited number of cylinders.
Records from the hospital
show that during peak hours, 42 cylinders of Oxygen are consumed by
patients per day. Valet Barungi, the in-charge of Arua hospital Oxygen plant,
says that most of the time the plant is rendered idle once the 90 Cylinders are
filled up as they wait for them to first be consumed.
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Dr. Filbert Nyeko, the Director Arua Regional Referral Hospital,
says that the COVID-19 situation has worsened requiring more Oxygen cylinders.
According to Dr. Nyeko, the hospital requires an additional oxygen plant to
handle the local and regional oxygen needs at the health facility.