BY FRED MWEBEMBEZI
FORT PORTAL: SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 2021
As health workers continue to dedicate themselves to treating COVID-19 patients at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital, the Rocket Health Uganda, an organization that seeks to improve public health services through internet technology, has donated an assortment of food and home necessities in a bid to motivate health workers.
The donated items include sugar, soap, rice, cooking oil, sanitizers and masks which will be supplied to all frontline health workers that are treating Covid-19 patients.
Dr. John Mark Bwanika, the Director Rocket Health Uganda, said that many frontline health workers treating Covid-19 have dedicated themselves to treating patients all day despite meager pay.
He said the donation will ease for them the stress from not having to afford household basic necessities.
However According to Dr. Kaliisa Kyebambe, the Deputy Hospital Director at Fort Portal hospital, the Covid-19 treatment unit is currently having 14 patients and the hospital is facing inadequate oxygen and the challenge of evacuating patients from districts due to lack of enough ambulances.
Dr. Richard Idro, the President of Uganda Medical Association (UMA) noted that there is need for serious government interventions to ensure protection of health workers and prioritize their needs.
He said that most health workers have contracted Covid-19 from the Outpatient department since they attend to many patients whose status were unknown.
Dr. Idro confirmed that UMA met president Museveni who after the meeting agreed to increase supply of drugs in hospitals, protect health workers with all the protective gears and enhance their salaries.