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By Goodluck Musinguzi

National Medical Stores has airlifted Oxygen Cylinders to Soroti Regional Center which is the epicenter of Covid19 infections in Uganda followed by Kabale Regional Referral Hospital.

In a statement this evening(09/09/2021), NMS, with support from Uganda People’s Defence Forces has airlifted 53 filled Oxygen cylinders to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital as part of our effort in ensuring timely emergency response and delivery of medicines and medical supplies to all government health facilities.

Emmanuel Ainebyoona, Senior Public Relations Officer, thanked UPDF for supporting Ministry of Health to airlift oxygen cylinders to support Soroti which has over 50 COVID-19 admitted with about 28 on oxygen support. Let’s follow the COVID-19 preventive measures otherwise danger is near
Soroti Regional Referral Hospital said with the increasing number of patients being admitted in our Covid19 Treatment Unit, the hospital was running short of Oxygen. Special thanks to UPDF that airlifted 53 cylinders from National Medical Stores in Kampala to Soroti to support the management of  Covid19.
The Oxygen cylinders were received by Dr John Wilson Etolu who was recently quoted in the media saying Soroti Regional Referral Hospital needed all the help and support from the Central Government.
Dr. Etolu John Wilson said “We have trained health workers in the region, and right now, even Health Centre IIIs can test for Covid19. If anyone is found positive, we quickly evacuate them and start treatment.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona said much as Mulago National Referral Hospital  doesn’t have many patients being admitted, new cases remain to be registered.

Soroti Regional Referral Hospital is receiving more admissions due to COVID-19 clusters in the sub region. On 24th August, 72 COVID-19 patients were admitted at Soroti,  Arua Regional Referral Hospital had 40+, Kabale Regional Referral Hospital with 45 cases some on oxygen.

Mao Calls For More Covid-19 Supplies For Soroti Hospital

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The Democratic Party (DP) President General, Norbert Mao, has called on the Government to immediately increase Covid-19 medical supplies to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital due to the big number of new admissions there.

Mao made the remarks on Tuesday while addressing the media at Timisha Hotel in Soroti during the launch of the campaign geared towards strengthening the party’s structures in Teso ahead of 2026 polls.

Currently, Soroti Regional Referral Hospital is registering high numbers of Covid-19 admissions with the hospital administration estimating the average daily admissions at 8 to 10 patients.

Speaking recently the hospital Covid-19 focal point person, Dr. Wilson Etolu, told journalists that Soroti hospital was hosting 75 positive patients.

According to Mao, Teso has become a hot bed of Covid-19 and he called on the government to through the Ministry of health channel more resources to fighting Covid-19 in Soroti.

He said Soroti being the main route between South Sudan and Kenya needs special attention from the government by providing testing facilities, ensuring a good monitoring system and supplying more personal protection equipment to enable health workers perform their duty efficiently.

He also called on the Teso Members of parliament to jointly bring the matters of Soroti Regional Referral Hospital to spotlight so that Parliament can pass a supplementary budget to help rescue the dire situation in the region.

Mao stressed that putting more resources into the Covid-19 fight is inevitable and praised President Yoweri Museveni and the Ministry of Health for spearheading the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

“If there is a person who fears Covid-19, it is not more than how President Museveni fears Covid-19. His style of leadership has made many to believe that Covid-19 is deadly and I want to thank him for being exemplary,” Mao Commended.


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