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Health Ministry Allocates 17 ICU Ventilators to Gulu

According to Dr Elima, the machine’s are expected to be at the hospital before the end of next week adding that, 10 ventilators will be installed at the regional hospital while 7 will be installed at St Mary’s hospital Lacor.

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The ministry of health has allocated 17 intensive care unit ventilators to help in managing the Coronavirus (COVID -19) cases in Gulu district.

Speaking during the Gulu district COVID-19 task force meeting held on Wednesday afternoon, Dr James Elima, the hospital director Gulu Regional Referral hospital confirmed the district has been allocated 17 ventilators.

Dr Elima said besides the ICU ventilators, they have also been allocated one dialysis machine, the first in northern Uganda.

According to Dr Elima, the machine’s are expected to be at the hospital before the end of next week. He explained that 10 ventilators will be installed at the regional hospital, while 7 will be installed at St Mary’s Hospital, Lacor.

Dr Elima observes that, they are also expecting 5 other ventilators from the Japanese government under JICA.

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Yoweri Idiba, the Gulu district acting health officer says discussions are ongoing on where the machine’s are to be installed given the limited space at the hospital.

According to Idiba, once installed more concentration will be given to those in dire need of the service than other people whose conditions are not that bad. Gulu district case reported of a positive patient with COVID -19. 

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