Amuru District Health Officer, Dr Patrick Odong Olwedo says that the only ambulance that they use is stationed at Elegu Township, at the Uganda- South Sudan border, which is over 140 kilometres away.
Dr. Olwedo explains that the ambulance is also not useful due to lack of fuel and allowances to facilitate the medical staff attached to it to respond to any emergencies in the district.
According to Namasopo, 80 COVID-19 cases are so far admitted at the facility’s isolation ward. Among the total, 30 are on life support. Namasopo says that because the hospital is partly solving the problem of lack of oxygen cylinders after receiving 10 cylinder heads from the Ministry of health and more 10 as a donation from David Kwesiga Bahati, the state Minister for Industry at the Ministry of Trade and Cooperatives, it has started utilizing most of the oxygen from the plant to give patients in the ICU.
She also says that the increasing number of patients in the ICU has put the plant under strain and as a result, it is unable to produce more oxygen to supply to other health facilities. She says that however much the news sounds bad, but other hospital facilities will try to get oxygen from other places.