The health sector in greater Masaka is greatly frustrated following the breakdown of the city’s only oxygen manufacturer at the Masaka Regional Referral Hospital.
This unfortunate happening has left many health workers in great frustratiom seeing as the oxygen plant doesn’t only work for the Referral hospital but also other health facilities with in the city.
Secondly, the plants’ breakdown has come at a time when the hospital is admitting high numbers of people infected by the deadly coronavirus and some patients may require to be put on oxygen to aid their survival.
Dr. Nathan Onyach, Masaka Hospital’s director says on Saturday, the plant broke down which has only troubled the health system in the country since most Covid-19 patients require oxygen to survive.
So far in the last two weeks, the region has unfortunately registered nine deaths while nine other patients are being held in High Dependency Units (HDU) where their breathing is only being aided.
Additionally, Dr. Onyach says that Masaka Regional Referral Hospital was forced to get oxygen from Kampala in order to save more lives as their patients would end up suffocating and eventually their lungs would swell due to lack of oxygen.
Due to this, the hospital requires upto 40 cylinders to keep their patients suffering from coronavirus disease alive on a daily basis.
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Dr. Nathan Onyach is optimistic that by Sunday, the oxygen machine will be okay and functioning which also enable them to supply oxygen to other hospital within the region that are treating people suffering from Covid-19.
Above all, he called upon the public to pay keen attention to the standard operating procedures so as to reduce on the burden the hospitals are currently facing especially the Masaka region that is currently in deficiency of oxygen.