Kabale Hospital stuck with non-functioning oxygen cylinders
Written by Caroline Katusiime on June 24, 2021
The management of COVID-19 patients at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital is being compromised by the absence of fully functional oxygen cylinders.
Currently, ten out of the 96 COVID-19 patients admitted at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital are in the Intensive Care Unit, however, the hospital is facing the challenge of providing oxygen to patients because some of the Oxygen cylinders lack gas flow meters that regulate the flow of oxygen.
Paddy Mwesigye, the Assistant Health Officer Kabale district in charge of Child and Maternal Health and the Secretary to the District Covid-19 Taskforce, confirms that most of the oxygen cylinders are now lying idle and need 100 gas flow meters to be on the safe side.
Mwesigye expresses dismay over the laxity of residents even with such oxygen crisis
Alfred Besigensi, the Kabale District Health Officer, says the task force together with hospital management has already informed the Ministry of Health about the problem.
He says that the oxygen problem puts them in tension because of the overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases in the district.