The Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr Diana Atwine has revealed that the ministry is now struggling with surging numbers of COVID-19 infections in the country. Atwine says all hospitals at both national and regional level plus designated COVID-19 treatment centres have run out of space.
According to Atwine, the ministry has shifted to treating some COVID-19 patients from home.
“The shift to home care treatment is due to a lack of space in our hospitals and designated treatment centres. Patients who are able to isolate themselves from home requested us to be treated from there,” says Atwine. She reveals that the ministry is now looking for more designated treatment centres.
Earlier today, the COVID-19 response was boosted with a collection of medicines from the Government of India. The ministry says the medicines will be stocked at the various COVID-19 treatment centers.
Similarly the ministry received an assortment of Personal Protective Equipment comprising of 20,000 Face masks, 30,000 Examination Gloves and 120 pieces of infrared thermometers from Fosun Pharma and Phillip’s Pharmaceuticals Uganda.
The health ministry today reported 44 new cases taking the cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans to 6,712. The total recoveries are also rising as they now stand at 2,778. One new COVID-19 death has also been registered today. The total COVID-19 deaths are now 64.