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Kayunga Regional Referral Hospital Gets Oxygen Plant

Eng. Steven Kimera, the Chief Executive Officer of private firm Genome, which installed the plant in February this year, says it has a double air filtration system that enables it to produce non-contaminated oxygen.
Inside the newly launched Kayunga Regional Refferal Hospital Oxygen Plant and Refill Station.

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Kayunga Regional Referral Hospital-KRRH has received a new oxygen plant thanks to UNICEF with support from UK aid. The Director-General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr Joseph Okware commissioned the oxygen plant on Thursday.

The event also served as the symbolic launch of the oxygen plants for Masaka, Soroti, and Kabale Regional Referral Hospitals. Manufactured by NOVAIR in France, the oxygen plant is suitable for surgical and ICU services.

Eng. Steven Kimera, the Chief Executive Officer of private firm Genome, which installed the plant in February this year, says it has a double air filtration system that enables it to produce non-contaminated oxygen.

  

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The plant is able to fill 140 oxygen cylinders within 24 hours and costs US$500,000. Jon Blasco, UNICEF’s Supply and Logistics Manager, said the plant has the same capacity as those installed at the other three facilities.  

 

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Dr. Flavia Mpanga Kaggwa, an official from UNICEF, says that oxygen was a great determinant of life during the severe COVID-19 period. 

“During the resurgence of COVID-19 in Uganda last year, an increase in the demand for oxygen meant that less oxygen was available for babies and children in need of care. In fact, during the worst COVID-19 wave, the demand for oxygen in many referral hospitals exceeded the capacity of existing plants causing breakdowns due to chronic overuse,” Dr. Kaggwa revealed.     

Dr. Robert Ssentongo, the Director of Kayunga Hospital, said that most of the oxygen shall be consumed at the source. He, however, says that they provide refills to hospitals in Kayunga, Mukono, Buvuma, Buikwe, Luwero and Nakasongola districts.     

Edward Kabuye, the Principal Administrator of Masaka Regional Referral Hospital welcome the decision, saying it is going to cut their expenditure on oxygen. He explained that the oxygen plant installed by the government about five years ago developed a mechanical breakdown.  

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The new oxygen plant at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital was financed by Cotton on Foundation and the Austrian National Committee on UNICEF. The one at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital was financed by the US Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and while UNICE used its own program funds to install the parliament at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital.  

Dr. Okware advised the beneficiary hospitals to start discussing maintenance of the plants to avoid breakdowns. He applauded UNICEF, UK aid and other partners for the support. Kayunga LC 5 Andrew Muwonge appealed to the management of Kayunga Regional Referral Hospital-KRRH to make good use of the facility and avoid illegal refills of the cylinders, especially for private facilities.  

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