By Goodluck Musinguzi
Regional Hospitals have experienced a large inflow of coronavirus patients since Late March when Uganda declared a lockdown. The cumulative confirmed cases in Uganda are 10,334 as of today.
COVID-19 pandemic has strained services to a level of crisis that is affecting people’s access to care and response to emergencies.
Dr Michael Mwanga, Director Soroti Regional Referral Hospital has welcomed a class B ambulance to boost their emergency response capacity.
“Management of COVID-19 patients at Soroti Referral Hospital has been greatly boosted by the arrival of a new ambulance from Ministry of Health with collaboration with Uganda Red Cross”, said Dr Michael Mwanga.
He said Soroti Regional Referral Hospital is in a better position to evaluate and refer COVID-19 patients in Teso Sub-region.
Ministry of Health led by Hon Dr Jane Ruth Aceng and Dr Diana Atwine Permanent Secretary are improving the capacity of hospitals in Uganda to handle the coronavirus pandemic.
Ambulances are being procured with government funds plus partners who have come out to support the health sector with a wide range of services. The rapid changes in the health sector and its setting due to COVID-19 have come a blessing.
Soroti Regional Referral Hospital discharged its 11 COVID-19 patients who recovered from the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The patients, all contacts of Moses Elungat business man who tested positive from Elegu border point were picked from Bukedea district.
Hon Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu Minister of State for Primary Health Care joined Medical Workers at Soroti Regional Referall Hospital several times this year.
“Indeed it was a time for the medical workers to celebrate and thank God for the gift of recovery at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, Teso sub-region. 11 COVID-19 Patients were discharged yesterday at the hospital after testing negative twice”.
Hon Peter Egwang Minister of State for ICT and National Guidance, Contestant for Ngariam County has been supportive of the Covid-19 Management Committee at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital.
“Hon Peter Ogwang has appreciated the COVID-19 case management team with 5 millon shillings cash. This cash gift was delivered by the RDC Soroti and handed over to Dr Etolu head of the Covid Taskforce at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital”.
Hon Mike Mukula donated PPEs to the Covid-19 Regional task force worth 50 million shillings.
Dr Michael Mwanga is credited for leading in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Teso Region. Ministry of Health has supported him to make sure he improves capacity.