By Innocent Atuganyira
In the fight against Covid19, Masindi District General Hospital in Western Uganda has received a boost of Personal Protective Equipment that will supplement on that one provided by Ministry of Health.
Hon Dr. Florence Asiimwe the Masindi district woman member of parliament donated Personal Protective Equipment ((PPEs) to Masindi General Hospital hospital worth Shs5 million.
They include; 20 boxes of disposable face masks, 10 pieces of pulse oximeter, 10 pieces of temperature guns, 500 pieces of aprons, 10 pieces of burial bags and 40 liters of sanitizer.
“The hospital needed more PPEs. They are crucial in treating patients of Covid19. Without PPEs health workers fear to touch the patients as they can contract COVID-19. Now we’re going to do our work effectively as we wait for a bigger consignment from government,” explained Felix Twinomugisha Rwehururu the hospital Medical Supretendant while receiving the PPEs.
He thanked the politician for the efforts is putting in to fight COVID-19, urging other politicians in the district to emulate the same to enable the health workers continue rendering the service to the people.
The donation comes at a time Masindi hospital is using many PPEs because of the rise in infections.
A week ago Patrick Baguma the district health officer said that Masindi hospital needed more Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPEs).
They appealed for more PPEs as its burial team has been busy.
“My burial team which is composed of nine people has not enough equipment to conduct the burials and yet people are dying. We don’t have all all the equipment including masks, gumboots, gloves aprons, burial bags, overalls among others. These are so essential and they’re urgently needed. Because we cannot execute our work diligently without these PPEs,” Baguma said.
Handing over the PPEs Assiimwe noted that her intervention came about after she wrote to the hospital management asking for the areas she could tackle while giving in her assistance.
“The response I got was that the hospital didn’t have enough PPEs and yet they’re essential while health workers are handling patients. Some of the health workers can’t touch patients when they have no PPEs. You can’t blame them because they also need their precious lives too”.