Muhammed Mubiru, the Principal Hospital Administrator at Entebbe Hospital Director says the hospital has over 120 patients currently. 40 of these are in critical condition and thereby need oxygen. As result, the hospital needs over 70 oxygen cylinders daily to meet the patients' needs. But the hospital's oxygen plant generates 35 cylinders a day.
The Ministry of Health has promised to install an oxygen plant at Entebbe National Isolation Centre by September this year.
George Otim, the commissioner of health infrastructure at the health
ministry, says the plant will be expected to generate at least 300
cylinders of oxygen a day.
The plant will be installed at the isolation centre located in Manyago,
about 2km from Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital.
Otim says that the new plant will supply oxygen to the isolation
centre, Entebbe hospital, Kajjansi health centre IV and other
facilities within the region.
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the ministry installed an oxygen plant at Entebbe Hospital at the end of last
year, Eng. Otim says it can only generate a maximum of 35 cylinders a
day. Therefore, the oxygen plant at the isolation centre will be timely
since the country is grappling with the second wave of COVID-19, where
critically ill patients consume between 5 to 7 cylinders of oxygen a
day. Oxygen is a lifesaving commodity, without which a patient may
develop complications or even die.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the spokesperson at the health ministry however
says the installation of the oxygen plant depends on how the available
funds will be allocated.
Though he does not disclose how much the
project could cost, some of the oxygen plants installed have cost over
shillings 900million. These plants include the seven that reportedly cost a total of
shillings 6.4bilion. Four were installed at Mulago hospital, one at
Entebbe and another at Kayunga General Hospital last year.
Last month, the Global Fund gave Uganda shillings 25 billion to install 7
regional oxygen plants including one in Kampala to supply the Greater
Otim says the ministry has been advised to install an oxygen plant
project at the Entebbe isolation centre because it will save time and
transport costs to supply oxygen for the centre and facilities within
Entebbe and surrounding areas. A reliable source adds that the oxygen plant project could cost shillings one billion.
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Muhammed Mubiru, the Principal Hospital Administrator at Entebbe
Hospital Director says the hospital has over 120 patients currently with
40 of these being in critical condition and thereby need oxygen.
adds that the isolation centre will have 6 Intensive Care Unit beds and
8 High Dependency Unit beds and therefore will also need regular oxygen
supply for critical patients with highly infectious diseases such as
COVID-19. The centre will therefore have to get oxygen cylinders from
the hospital to meet patients' needs.
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Mubiru says thanks to the health ministry, State House and several
organisations, the hospital currently gets additional cylinders from
Oxygas, Roofings Ltd whose filling stations are in Kyambogo and Namanve,
over 40km away from the hospital.
Despite these additional cylinders, Mubiru says there is still
inadequate oxygen supply.
Otim is convinced that once the oxygen plant is installed at the
isolation centre, it will thereby supply the much needed number of
cylinders in the hospital.
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It costs between shillings 35,000 to shillings 45,000 to refill an oxygen cylinder in private oxygen plants.