Florence Tugumisirize, the Executive Director of Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, says they have so far admitted 156 COVID-19 patients in the second wave. She says 124 of these were treated and discharged while 32 succumbed to the virus.
At least 32
COVID-19 patients have died in the Intensive Care Unit of Jinja Regional Referral
Hospital over the last two months, URN has learnt. The death occurred between
April 13, 2021, and June 13th, 2021 during the second wave of
COVID-19. The same unit handled 324 patients between March 2020 and February,
2021 in the first wave.
the 324 patients didn’t make it, five were referred to Mulago National Referral
Hospital while 281 were successfully treated and discharged after full
recovery. Florence Tugumisirize, the Executive Director Jinja Regional Referral
Hospital, says they have so far admitted 156 COVID-19 patients in the second
wave. She says 124 of these were treated and discharged while 32 succumbed to the virus.
Tugumisirize, their ICU has 32 beds but they currently have 53
patients. She says that due to the increasing number of COVID-19 patients and referrals
from other facilities, they have been forced to expand the ICU by temporarily
converting the general male ward and part of the private wing into COVID-19
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argues that, unlike the first wave where cases were not very severe, most of the
patients showing up have severe disease and need oxygen for survival. She says
that due to the low output of Oxygen from their plant, they largely depend on the
daily 40 oxygen cylinder donation from Mayuge Steels factory limited.
says that despite the current boost, which has raised their daily oxygen output
capacity to 70 oxygen cylinders, the demand is increasing each day.
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Isabirye, a COVID-19 survivor told URN that he was briefly admitted at the
facility and enrolled on the home-based care management.
“For the three days, I spent at the facility,
all the other patients admitted in CTU were receiving oxygen therapies on a
daily basis and health workers were seen inspecting them after every two
hours,” he said.