BY STEPHEN OJACOR
SOROTI: THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2021
The Soroti City Covid-19 task-force has received a consignment of 40 refillable Oxygen cylinders, a donation from Absa Bank.
The regional Covid-19 unit based in Soroti Regional Referral Hospital has been facing a problem in managing critical cases due to the overwhelming numbers of admitted patients exceeding the ratio of gas cylinders available.
It follows calls for help from the medical team in Soroti who are battling a hike in the number of new infections in need of oxygen.
Mr. Peter Watuwa, the regional manager for Absa Bank, said that the medical gas cylinders are part of the 160 consignment which they recently handed over to joint medical stores for distribution.
“Absa Bank is part of the business fraternity in Teso sub-region and has fully joined government and the rest of the world in fighting this deadly pandemic,” he Said.
The Absa boss also made a serious reminder to the local communities to follow the Standard Operating Procedures and presidential directives in regards to Covid-19.
Dr. John Wilson Etolu, the consultant physician in charge of Covid-19 treatment in Teso Region, said that the intensive care unit requires at least 120 oxygen cylinders in a day but these ones delivered by Absa Bank will now supplement the ones at the hospital for the management of critical cases.
Meanwhile, Robert Adiama Ekaju, the Soroti Resident City Commissioner, commended Absa Bank for the timely support and for considering Soroti Regional Referral hospital as one of the beneficiaries.
So far 74 critical cases are being monitored at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital while 110 are at home based care.