The health ministry has warned Ugandans on the unregulated administration of oxygen to Covid19 patients. This comes as the country is in the middle of a second wave of the pandemic that has seen a worrying spike in positive cases over the past few weeks.
In an 18th June press communique, the Director General Health Services Dr. Henry G Mwebesa warns that most of the oxygen is being purchased from areas not accredited by the health ministry. With the patients at the mercy of the dealers, one may not know whether its industry or medical oxygen they are purchasing.
Seeing as oxygen is considered a class A medical supply, it should only be used after prescription by a medical personnel. This reserves its administration to only critically ill patients who are supposed to be at a health facility. The deligent supervision by a trained health officer is also necessary for it’s safe administration.
Due to lack of proper regulation and monitoring, a number of patients are deteriorating because receiving either lower or higher oxygen doses as the different severity levels may demand.Dr. Henry G Mwebesa.
You may need to know that oxygen administered at higher doses may be extremely disastrous for vital organs like the brain. On top of this, oxygen is a highly flammable gas under pressure which can be catastrophic if mismanaged.
Still speaking matters oxygen, the installation of a new 70,000 Ltrs of oxygen per minute plant has commenced at Mulago Hospital. The new plant is expected to boost the current one that produces 2,083 litres of oxygen per minute.
Tests done on 18th June confirmed 1,367 COVID19 cases raising the cumulative statistic to 71543. A worrying 34 patients succumbed to the virus bringing the death toll to 660.
With 821,659 Ugandans vaccinated, the ministry received 175,200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, a donation from the French government on Wednesday night.