By: Kamusiime Barnabas The Kisoro district assistant Health Officer In-Charge of disease surveillance, Nick Muneza has said that Kisoro district is currently having enough oxygen cylinders considering the number of covid-19 patients on admissions. Speaking to Voice of Muhabura, Muneza said that only 16 people were admitted in both Kisoro and Mutolere hospitals by Thursday July, 22, 2021 of whom 5 were on oxygen support, 3 at Kisoro hospital and 2 at Mutolere hospital. Muneza added that he is not aware of the actual number of Oxygen Cylinders in Kisoro district but insisted that hospitals, especially Kisoro hospital, have reserve cylinders. He attributed it to NGOs that are donating these oxygen Cylinders.
Kisoro – After receiving Seven Oxygen Cylinders from Ubuntu Bafumbira United Association (UBUA) on Wednesday 21st July 2021, the Kisoro Resident District Commissioner Retired Captain Peter Mugisha noted that Kisoro district had 41 oxygen cylinders. He also said that Kisoro hospital had 32, Mutolere hospital 6 while Rubuguri, Chahafi and Busanza health center IVs each had one. With the addition of two cylinders from Friends of Kisoro, Kisoro district now has 43 cylinders with most of them, 34 at Kisoro hospital. Nick Muneza attributed the imbalance of Oxygen Cylinders in Hospitals to donations that mostly target Kisoro hospital, a public health facility.
The Programs Manager of Friends of Kisoro (FROK), Ms. Musimenta Charity said that they donated the two Oxygen Cylinders to Kisoro hospital in order to support government’s efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, 800 positive cases have been recorded in Kisoro district since 1st June 2021 from 2,646 tests made. 190 people are under home based care, 375 have recovered and 29 have died, with 21 dying from local Kisoro and Mutolere hospitals.