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Oxygen crisis hits Mbarara hospital

Five people have reportedly lost their lives at Mbarara regional referral hospital due to lack of oxygen.

Information obtained by our reporter shows that the hospital hasn’t had oxygen for the last two weeks. Apparently, patients in need of oxygen therapy are advised to try private facilities. 

Mbarara hospital medical superintendent Dr Therestine Barigye confirmed the oxygen crisis but did not divulge details. A medical worker at Mbarara hospital who declined to be named said they are currently advising financially capable clients to opt for private facilities while those who cannot afford have been left in God’s hands.

The medical worker said at least 5 people lost their lives due to the shortage of oxygen. Jennifer Tushemerirwe, a patient attendant at the hospital, says they were advised to secure an oxygen cylinder outside the facility before they could get their ailing mother operated on.

She says one has to part with at least Shs 300,000 to secure an oxygen cylinder from a private facility. Johnson Katungi, another patient attendant, says they have spent two weeks at the facility waiting for his wife to be operated upon when the hospital gets fresh supplies.      

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+1 #1 Kadenge 2019-05-10 12:20
Strange, i thought it was a hospital in Royal land? Corruption kills folks,no one is safe
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0 #2 kabayekka 2019-05-10 15:59
This shows well the low mentality of the medical fraternity in the country. Currently the President is in the papers promoting industries for now how many times?

When one visits a factory that makes medical oxygen abroad, one thinks that the country of Uganda is capable of producing its own oxygen ten fold.

These are the industries that should have been on the priority list of factories to rehabilitate well in this country!
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0 #3 rubangakene 2019-05-10 19:52
What happened? Has all the money been poured into Uganda Airlines? That' what happens when everything is micromanaged and executed "on the hoof".

During Obote 2, they trained management and financial experts who were available in all major hospitals to ensure such things never occurred.

Meanwhile, Aga Khan has started building another hospital without seeking any money from the government like the other chap in Lubowa; why?

And why all these hospitals are mushrooming around Kampala when the ones in the countryside are rotting and going to ruins.

Personally I think it would have been better if we built more sports facilities and dug more boreholes to improve the general health and hygiene of the populace!
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0 #4 Mugisha Mugisha 2019-05-12 11:20
Mbarara Hospital is one of the 13 referral hospitals in Uganda with oxygen plants.

The oxygen Plant at Mbarara malfunctioned as a result of normal wear and tear, a spare part has been ordered from Turkey and the information available is that it will arrive next week.

In the meantime, oxygen cylinders are transported from Kabale and Masaka referral hospitals to mitigate this shortfall.

In the circumstances, we can all do well in our en devours if we reduce sensational reporting. Health is a critical sector that we have to do much supporting than denigrating.
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0 #5 Lakwena 2019-05-12 16:38
Quoting rubangakene:
What happened? Has all the money been poured into Uganda Airlines? That' what happens when everything is micromanaged and executed "on the hoof".

During Obote 2, they trained management and financial experts who were available in all major hospitals to ensure such things never occurred.

Meanwhile, Aga Khan has started building another hospital without seeking any money from the government like the other chap in Lubowa; why?

And why all these hospitals are mushrooming around Kampala when the ones in the countryside are rotting and going to ruins. ...


In other words Rubangakene, it is a cartel, targeting the National Health Insurance.

This regime collects our taxes, abdicates its social service delivery responsibility (offer lip-services), swindles and pockets most of the money.
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0 #6 Lakwena 2019-05-12 16:45
In other more words Rubangakene, just like mortuary attendants: leaders who smell dead bodies don't give a damn when patients in Mbarara Regional Referral suffocate to death, because there is no oxygen for the intensive care unit (ICU).

It does not give a damn when corpses rot away in Gulu Regional Referral Hospital Mortuary, and smells like hell, because the refrigerator died long time ago.

Eish!
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0 #7 Lakwena 2019-05-13 10:02
Quoting Mugisha Mugisha:
Mbarara Hospital is one of the 13 referral hospitals in Uganda with oxygen plants.

The oxygen Plant at Mbarara malfunctioned as a result of normal wear and tear, a spare part has been ordered from Turkey and the information available is that it will arrive next week.

In the meantime, oxygen cylinders are transported from Kabale and Masaka referral hospitals to mitigate this shortfall. ...


But Mugisha Mugisha, when you talk about "a spare part has been ordered from Turkey", is frightening.

Suppose that spare (a) part does not arrive next week and/or fails when it finally arrives; what happens? Patients in critical condition die.

In other words, what does strategic planing mean? Your argument is lame and indefensible.
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