• May 31, 2021 . 1 min Read
  • Govt gets donation of oxygen regulators, masks

Govt gets donation of oxygen regulators, masks
Conan Businge
Education Editor @New Vision

Government has received a donation of 86 robust oxygen regulators and 8,000 N95 masks from Joint Medical Stores and Gradian Health Systems for the country’s newly established Intensive Care Units in Regional Referral Hospitals.

This was revealed by Permanent Secretary of the Health Ministry, Dr Diana Atwiine, in her tweets.

She explained that the ministry of health, also handed over some donation to Regional Referral Hospitals over Seven 16- module Genexpert machines and reagents for testing.

Genexpert is a multiplex testing equipment that can test TB, Covid-19, HIV VL, EID, HBV, HPV, HCV, Ebola and others by use of required cartridges.

“These will increase access and reduce turnaround time for testing and improved linkage to care,” she explained.

Uganda has so far recorded over 46,000 people, to have contracted the COVID-19, since the virus hit the country. Last week, the results revealed that Kampala alone registered 441 infections.

Uganda has recently seen a sharp rise in infections, which is beginning to worry health experts.

Dr Atwine recently hinted at the need for another lockdown, especially in places with the highest infections.

According to the ministry, the most affected people are those between the ages of 20 and 39. 

The ministry also says the number of severely and critically ill Covid-19 patients is rising much faster than during the first wave of the disease.

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