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Kabale Hospital Stuck With Oxygen Cylinders Due to Lack of Flowmeters

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Paddy Mwesigye, the Assistant Health Officer Kabale district in charge of Child and Maternal Health and the Secretary to the District Covid-19 Taskforce, confirms that most of the oxygen cylinders are now lying idle due to the lack of oxygen flow meters.
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The absence of fully functional oxygen cylinders is compromising the management of COVID-19 patients at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital. Currently, 96 COVID-19 patients are admitted at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital. Ten of these are admitted in the Intensive Care Unit.

However, the hospital is facing the challenge of providing oxygen to patients because some of the Oxygen cylinders lack gas flow meters.  The meter regulates the flow of oxygen and comprises a pressure gauge, safety valve, flow tube and humidification bottle among others.

Paddy Mwesigye, the Assistant Health Officer Kabale district in charge of Child and Maternal Health and the Secretary to the District Covid-19 Taskforce, confirms that most of the oxygen cylinders are now lying idle due to the lack of gas flow meters. 

According to Mwesigye, they are now stuck since they need 100 gas flow meters to be on the safe side. Mwesigye says what angers him most is that despite the oxygen crisis at the hospital, many residents are still hesitant to practice the COVID-19 preventive measures.

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Alfred Besigensi, the Kabale District Health Officer, says that the task force together with hospital management has already informed the Ministry of Health about the problem. He says that the oxygen problem puts them in tension because of the overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases in the district.



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