Mulago National Referral Hospital opened a COVID-19 Treatment Unit (CTU) following the confirmation of the first COVID-19 patient in March this year.
The centre is currently running at a capacity of 500 beds with (27) beds in the Intensive Care Unit, High Dependence Unit (200) and the rest for general care.
The Executive Director of the Hospital says that as of 30 November 2020, Mulago National Referral Hospital had a cumulative admission of 2,456 patients, with a total discharge of 2,137 and the current admission stands at 160 (of these are; 95 severe cases in High Dependency Unit (HDU), 5 critical cases in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 60 in the general ward).
The total number of fatalities currently stands at 150. Self-requested transfers out of Mulago to other units are five (5) in total. The cumulative admission into the High Dependency Unit and ICU is 605.
The hospital administration has also identified a challenge that some patients arrive from ICUs of other hospitals when they have reached the late stage of the disease with multi-organ failure which leads to succumbing to the disease.
Dr Byarugaba says that Mulago National Referral Hospital is doing whatever it takes to ensure that services required for COVID-19 treatment are made more available anytime.
Mulago National Referral Hospital has also continued to provide surgical, medical Paediatric and diagnostic services and as the highest level of care among Government hospitals with a mandate to provide specialised health services, recently, the professionals successfully performed surgery to Siamese twins in a multidisciplinary surgical operation that lasted 24 hours.
The hospital is also handling casualties with traumatic injuries from the recent elections riots and all other services are running normally in various departments.