BY FEDERICK DRAMADRI
MADI-OKOLLO: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 04, 2021
Patients in Rhino Camp Health Centre IV in Madi-Okollo district who are dire need of oxygen support have a reason to live longer after the facility receive three oxygen cylinders from Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADCo).
The company undertaking the purchase of marketing of cotton, simsim and soya beans in West Nile region also operates the legendary Rhino Camp ginnery.
Like many other organisations, it supplied the oxygen cylinders as a corporate social responsibility to help in saving the lives of the people who are both the refugees and the host communities who grow these crops to feed the ginnery.
The administrator of Gulu Agricultural Development Company at Rhino Camp ginnery, Jenifer Angee , said the three oxygen cylinders are of 47-litre capacity and are refillable.
According to Emmanuel Mutto, the health centre in-charge, the oxygen cylinders have come timely as there are several conditions in addition to the Covid-19 cases that require patients to be placed on oxygen support.
He disclosed that Rhino Camp Health Centre IV has had irregular supply of oxygen because it has relied on cylinders of small capacity.
“We had seven cylinders of low capacities- five 10-litre capacity and two 12-litre capacity cylinders-which could just be replaced within an hour of its connection to a patient. Unfortunately we have only two functional regulators, meaning out of the seven cylinders, we use two at a time,” he said.
Alice Akello, the resident district commissioner and chairperson of Madi-Okollo district Covid-19 task-force, revealed that as taskforce they were planning to buy four new oxygen cylinders before GADco came to the rescue.
“This now leaves us with the task of buying one more oxygen cylinder which I am lobbying for,” said Akello.
Rhino Camp health centre IV, the main Covid-19 treatment centre in Madi-okollo currently has one patient in the intensive care unit battling Covid-19.
The health facility has cumulatively managed 17 positive cases of Coronavirus disease, registering two deaths and 14 recoveries.