The Ministry of Health receives medical equipment worth $250,000 to boost the COVID-19 response as cases continue to surge.
As coronavirus cases continue to surge around the country, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has received medical equipment worth USD 250,000 to boost in the fight against the deadly COVID-19.
According to the health minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero, the ministry received among others 60 Hand-held Pulse Oximeters, 49 Oxygen Concentrators and 31 High Flow Nasal Cannulas that will be used to strengthen care for severe and critically ill COVID-19 patients.
Dr Aceng stressed that the donated equipment was procured by the World Health Organization with support from the Government of the Republic of Ireland and it will be deployed at particular regional referral hospitals across the country to help in the country’s continued struggle against the coronavirus.
‘’I appreciate the Government of Ireland and for the generous donation of medical equipment to manage our severe and critically ill COVID-19 patients. This generous donation is as a result of partnership and collaboration. We’ve had unwavering support from our partners,’’ Aceng’s statement read via Twitter.
This comes at a time when the coronavirus continues to fast spread around the country with confirmed cases now hitting 8,287 after the MOH on Thursday confirmed 158 cases from COVID-19 tests done on 30 September 2020.
Of these, a total of 125 cases were from the contacts and alerts including 76 from Kampala, four from districts of Kabarole, Mbarara, and Wakiso. Districts including Butambala, Kitgum, Kisoro, Mbale, and Nabilatuk all registered three cases respectively while each of Bududa, Dokolo, Kalaki and Mityana districts registered two cases.
Others including Bunyangabu, Gomba, Hoima, Iganga, Kaberamaido, Kasese, Kwania, Kyotera, Lira, Mpigi, Napak, Ntungamo, Rubanda and Soroti district all registered one case. The ministry, however, cited that 33 returnees including 18 from Oman, 10 from Jordan and five from Afghanistan also tested positive for the virus.
As of today, a total of 4,430 people have since been discharged after they recovered from the virus while 75 have succumbed to the virus.
With this surging number of cases, many regional referral hospitals across the country including Mbale, Entebbe and Soroti among others have in the past few days raised worries that the increasing numbers of patients have left them with the shortage of space and personal protective gears for their health workers.
The Mbale Region Covid-19 Surveillance Officer, Edward Nyongesa earlier this week said that they are now facing difficulty in keeping up with COVID-19 testing demands because they lack complete testing kits needed to complete tests especially among contacts of the patients.
Nyongesa also raised the issue of shortage of Personal Protective Gears (PPEs) across the region that puts the staff and health workers’ life in danger.
“When patients stay longer while waiting for test results, this strains bed availability, personal protective equipment supplies, and staffing.’’