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COVID-19: Kabale Hospital Suspends Supply of Oxygen to Lower Health Facilities in Kigezi

Dr.Sophie Namasopo, Kabale regional referral hospital director says that due to the increase in the number of Covid-19 patients in critical condition, the demand for oxygen has also increased at the facility’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
An isolation unit at Kabale regional referral hospital

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Kabale regional referral hospital has suspended the supply of oxygen gas to lower health facilities in the Kigezi sub-region.

The presence of an oxygen plant at Kabale regional referral hospital has been a relief to both government and private health facilities in the Kigezi sub-region.

Some of the facilities that have been benefiting from the near by plant include; Mutorere and Kisoro hospitals in Kisoro district, Rugarama, and Rushoroza hospitals in Kabale District, Kisiizi and Nyakibaare Hospitals in Rukungiri District, Bwindi Community, and Kambuga Hospitals in Kanungu district.

However, Dr. Sophie Namasopo, the Kabale regional referral hospital director says that due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 patients who are in critical condition, the demand for oxygen has also increased at the facility’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 

According to Namasopo, 80 COVID-19 cases are so far admitted at the facility’s isolation ward. Among the total, 30 are on life support. Namasopo says that because the hospital is partly solving the problem of lack of oxygen cylinders after receiving 10 cylinder heads from the Ministry of health and more 10 as a donation from David Kwesiga Bahati, the state Minister for Industry at the Ministry of Trade and Cooperatives, it has started utilizing most of the oxygen from the plant to give patients in the ICU.

She also says that the increasing number of patients in the ICU has put the plant under strain and as a result, it is unable to produce more oxygen to supply to other health facilities.  She says that however much the news sounds bad, but other hospital facilities will try to get oxygen from other places.

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Cue out; …the oxgyen.”//

But, Namasopo says that the affected health facilities still have a chance of getting oxygen from the oxygen backup plant in Mbarara (she declined to disclose),  however much they also supply on order.

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Cue out; ….ten cylinders.”//

Dr. Gilbert Mateka, the Rugarama hospital medical Superintendent says that they have seven COVID-19 patients admitted at the facility but none of them is in critical condition. Mateeta says that they will opt to refer patients who will be in need of oxygen to Kabale regional referral hospital in case of  oxygen gas crisis. 

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