The Minister of Health in Charge of General Duties Sarah Opendi has attributed the alleged shortage of oxygen cylinders at Mulago Hospital to hospital officials, who she accused of hiding the cylinders.
Opendi was today responding to a matter of national importance raised on the floor of parliament by Adjumani Woman MP Jessica Ababiku.
Ababiku narrated that she recently lost a brother who was admitted at the hospital's casualty ward where only two cylinders were in the ward with several patients denied the service.
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However, Minister Opendi denied oxygen shortage at the hospital. She instead blamed the hospital authorities.
Her statement raised protests from Members of Parliament including Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante and Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa.
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Opendi insisted that the hospital has enough oxygen. She requested parliament to allow her investigate the matter and report back with a detailed statement.
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Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga said that it was urgent for the ministry to ascertain the situation on the ground and for a solution to be found so that no person goes without oxygen at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Minister Opendi confirmed that the country has been hit with shortage of medication for HIV/AIDS patients especially Seprin but confirmed that final plans are under way for Global Fund to release US Dollars 4 million that would be used for the purchase of drugs in the country.
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This was after the Nakaseke North MP Lutamaguzi Ssemakula tasked the Minister to explain the shortage of ARVs in Nakaseke hospital that has left lives of over 600 patients at risk.