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Uganda To Refill 25,000 Medical Oxygen Cylinders Daily

Uganda To Refill 25,000 Medical Oxygen Cylinders Daily

President Museveni has said regional and national referral hospitals will refill the cylinders through installed oxygen plants to keep pace with the novel coronavirus patients.

He spoke at the country’s national prayers against Covid-19 at State House Entebbe on Friday.

During his speech, Museveni said he plans to start refilling 25,000 oxygen cylinders daily in order to meet the rising demand from hospitals.

The demand for oxygen shot up drastically due to the increased number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals countrywide.

The permanent secretary at the ministry of health, Dr. Diana Atwine said the number of patients is three times the country’s oxygen production.

On June 16, the WHO and the country’s Ministry of Health announced plans to import medical oxygen due to the shortage that had been foreseen.

What the statistics say;

Over the last month, the number of daily cases increased by a tenfold, showing zero signs of letting up. They have suddenly jumped from 100 cases to about 1,584, as of June 18 which has made ICU beds full to capacity.

This only means that more oxygen is needed to take care of the ill patients.

As the covid-19 surge outpaces the oxygen supply in the country, many have now left it in the hands of God and the strength of the President’s word.

It is very unfortunate that if they don’t address this issue immediately, many people will die. This is not only because of Covid-19 but also due to the poor health systems in the country. This is something that the government could easily change.

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