Simon Kisabagire, the Principal Administrator Soroti Regional Referral Hospital acknowledged the shortage of protective gears for staff. He revealed that the Hospital has been relying on a few gears from the TB ward, which he notes have now been exhausted.
The shortage of protective gears has grossly
affected the management of COVID-19 suspects at Soroti Regional Referral
Hospital. On Thursday afternoon, four COVID suspects were left unattended
to for hours when health workers declined to interface with them citing lack of
The four men, driven from Bukedea district had
sneaked back home from South Sudan. They were driven to Soroti Regional
Referral Hospital from Bukedea district aboard an OPM Disaster double cabin,
few minutes past one o’clock. The officials, who rushed the suspects to
Soroti Hospital said the community in Bukedea reported the group after they arrived
presenting with signs of flu and cough.
However, it took medics hours to admit the
suspect to the isolation unit due to lack of face masks, gloves, aprons,
gumboots and other protective gears. One of the doctors meant to attend to the suspects
said that he couldn’t risk his life because of the failure by the authorities
to provide protective gears.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the medic
revealed that they have been struggling to attend to suspected corona patients
using borrowed gears from private facilities like Doctors Plaza in Soroti.
“I have lost interest in this Corona Virus
fight. I feel like retiring to my village to dig instead because people here
are not serious; as if it’s not a serious disease. You know there is being good
but you end up dying for it. When I leave here, am going to switch off my phone
to avoid the hospital disturbing me”, the angry medic said.
Simon Kisabagire, the Principal Administrator
Soroti Regional Referral Hospital acknowledged the shortage of protective gears
for staff. He revealed that the Hospital has been relying on a few gears from the
TB ward, which he notes have now been exhausted.
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Kisabagire also revealed that the hospital doesn’t have the
thermometers for measuring temperatures of COVID-19 suspects. There are
more than 10 persons in the isolation unit at Soroti Comprehensive Nursing
School under the supervision of Soroti Regional Referral Hospital.
Majority of the suspects are persons who
travelled from different countries like United Arab Emirates, Italy, Kenya and
South Sudan among others.