Kabale hospital is stuck with oxygen cylinders as most of them(cylinders ) lack flow meters which regulates the flow of oxygen in the cylinder .
The flow meters comprises a pressure gauge, safety valve, flow tube and humidification bottle which facilitate oxygen movement in the cylinder . The absence of fully functional oxygen cylinders is compromising the management of COVID-19 patients at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital as the available cylinders lack flow meters to fully function .
Currently, the facility has 96 COVID-19 patients admitted. Ten of these are admitted in the Intensive Care Unit.
Paddy Mwesigye, the Assistant Health Officer Kabale district in charge of Child and Maternal Health and the Secretary to the District Covid-19 Taskforce, confirms that most of the oxygen cylinders are now lying idle due to the lack of gas flow meters.
According to Mwesigye, they are now stuck since they need 100 gas flow meters to be on the safe side. He said what angers him most is that despite the oxygen crisis at the hospital, many residents are still hesitant to observe the COVID-19 preventive measures.
Alfred Besigensi, the Kabale District Health Officer, says that the task force together with hospital management has already informed the Ministry of Health about the problem. He says that the oxygen problem puts them in tension because of the overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases in the district.