Kabale Regional Referral Hospital ICU has recieved equipment including Ventilators. The equipment is currently being installed to manage any severe COVID-19 cases that may arise in Kigezi sub-region.
As numbers of confirmed Covid-19 cases continue to rise, there has been debate among the public on whether health facilities will be able to handle many patients.
Results of COVID-19 tests done on 20 September, 2020 confirmed 181 new cases giving a cumulative number of confirmed cases in Ugandan as 6,468.
Among these were contacts and alerts from; (157)Kampala, (73) Mbale, (19) Kapchorwa, (26) Soroti, (10) Jinja, (5) Kaberamaido, (5)Kumi, (3) Buikwe, (2) Iganga, (2) Isingiro, (2) Ngora, (3) Busia, (1) Kaliro, (1) Kanungu, (1) Masaka, (1) Rakai, (1) Sironko, and Wakiso (1), Returnees (21), India (20), Tanzania (1 ), Truck drivers (3) Malaba Point of Entry
The idea to refurbish the ICUs in the various government hospitals around the country is to increase capacity for treatment of Covid-19 cases and also ensure continuity of regular services without disruption.
Initially, Ministry of Health had estimated and prepared 3,200 isolation beds and 378 ICU beds at national referral hospitals, regional referral hospitals, general hospitals and health centre IVs however more places have been identified including Mandela National Stadium.
The process of expansion to have more beds capacity is also strategically looking at using mobile hospitals in open spaces next to the hospitals for auxiliary care.
Currently, beds & ICU equipment have been added to Kabale hospital, Mulago Hospital, Jinja hospital, Lira hospital among others with an estimate of over 200 bed capacity dedicated for Covid-19 treatment.