power supply is affecting the operations of the oxygen plant at Kabale Regional
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.
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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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.
that the plant requires an independent backup of 30 KVA
generator to be able to produce oxygen when there is a power blackout.
Namasopo, the Hospital director says that irregular power supply not
only affects oxygen production but other hospital activities like operations
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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.