‘’To create space, we decided to close the in-patient services in order to handle referrals from all other hospitals. All other outpatient services like OPD, chronic care, and screening of Covid-19 patients among others will continue,’’ he said.
Dr. Muwanga made these comments on Monday while addressing journalists after a meeting with the hospital staff. This meeting aimed at preparing the staff for the new hospital operations purposed to cater for the intensive Covid-19 patients.
He told reporters yesterday that the hospital will not be able to admit inpatients since the inpatient section had been closed. He also said that the hospital had previously been turning off referrals due to the limited space they have that cannot cater for all referrals.
They had also closed Entebbe Referral Hospital in April 2020 to accommodate the Covid-19 patients until March 2021 when they opened it for the public.
‘’The main challenge we have faced is that our pregnant mothers have started contracting Covid-19. We have to open those services in order to treat women who have contracted Covid,’’ Dr. Muwanga said.
He also said that during this period, members from the community will be referred to other nearby health centers.
On Monday, the hospital said they admitted 58 Covid-19 patients with 30 of them in very critical condition.
The closure of the hospital comes a day after the President announced a new 42 day-lockdown to contain the second wave of the Covid surge.
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