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Intermittent Power Supply Affecting Operations of Oxygen Plant at Kabale Hospital

Henry David Mupati, the Biomedical engineer at Kabale regional referral hospital says that due to irregular power supply, only 25 cylinders are produced a day instead of 36
An Oxgyen Plant at Kabale regional referral hospital (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)

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The inadequate power supply is affecting the operations of the oxygen plant at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital.

The plant which was established three years ago has been producing and supplying oxygen to the hospital and other lower health facilities in the Kigezi sub-region. With a full-time power supply, the plant can produce 36 cylinders of oxygen gas a day.

Henry David Mupati, the Biomedical engineer at Kabale regional referral hospital says that due to irregular power supply, only 25 cylinders are produced a day.

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According to Mupati, the plant is also not connected to the backup power generator, which is old.  He explains that the hospital’s engineering department did not recommend the plant to be connected to the generator to avoid breakdown because mortars of the plant are very heavy.  

Mupati adds that the plant requires an independent backup of 30 KVA generator to be able to produce oxygen when there is a power blackout.

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Dr Sophie Namasopo, the Hospital director says that irregular power supply not only affects oxygen production but other hospital activities like operations in theatre.

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Alfred Besigensi, the Kabale District Health Officer says that they have already informed the Ministry of health about power challenges that are hampering operations of the oxygen plant. Besigensi says that they were promised by the ministry that once funds are available, the oxygen plant will be connected to its independent generator as a backup.

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