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Entebbe Hospital Admits 75 More Covid-19 Patients

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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.
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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 Hospital.    

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.   

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