By Sunday night, the hospital had 45 patients, leaving 5 beds unoccupied in the ward for confirmed patients. However, by Tuesday afternoon, there were 120 confirmed patients and 20 suspects at the hospital.
A health worker on Duty
Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital has expanded
the ward for COVID-19 patients after admitting 75 new cases within two days. This
brings to 120, the number of patients at Entebbe Regional Referral
The patients include two frontline health
workers from Lira Regional Referral Hospital and long-distance truckers. The
hospital with a capacity of 200 beds, had
initially earmarked 50 beds for patients, 30 for suspects and the rest for
health workers and security officers involved in patient care and evacuation.
By Sunday night, the hospital had 45 patients,
leaving 5 beds unoccupied in the ward for confirmed patients. However, by Tuesday
afternoon, there were 120 confirmed patients and 20 suspects at the hospital.
There are 489 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the
country spread in 15 regional referral hospitals including Mbale, Gulu, Lira
and Entebbe. The surge in the number of patients prompted the management
of Entebbe Referral Hospital to expand the ward for confirmed patients.
Sr. Roslyn Walimbwa, the Principal Nursing
Officer and Head of the COVID-19 Welfare unit at Entebbe hospital, says
management has so recalled 30 staff to resume work. Most of those recalled
are from the Outpatients, child and maternal care departments that were closed in
late March to allow the hospital to focus on Covid-19 management.
57 health workers led by a physician comprising nurses, hygienists and
laboratory technicians have been handling the suspects and patients for the
last two months.