Uganda is under the pressure of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as the East African nation’s hospitals feel the strain of a surge in cases across the country.
President Yoweri Museveni’s government has since imposed restrictions on domestic travel as a corona virus prevention sanitary measure, in response to the pandemic’s intense second wave in the country despite the fact that the economy had not yet picked from the first corona virus wave.
Dr Joyce Kalungi, a doctor at Mulago Hospital, outlines the current state of affairs.
“The situation is dire. We are officially having what we would refer to as a second COVID wave so we are admitting lots of patients who are critically ill.
“First of all the rate of the number of cases that we are registering per day is going higher and higher. I think as per last week I hope I have the stats right but probably 1,000 patients tested positive.
Uganda has all but run out of Covid-19 vaccines and oxygen as the country grapples with another wave of the pandemic.
Both private and public medical facilities in the capital, Kampala and in towns across the country – including regional hubs in Entebbe, Jinja, Soroti, Gulu and Masaka – have reported running out or having acute shortages of AstraZeneca vaccines and oxygen. Hospitals report they are no longer able to admit patients to intensive care.
Several vaccination centres and hospitals across the country have suspended programmes, throwing into doubt efforts to vaccinate 21.9 million high-risk people.
In a very thoughtful decision therefore we decided to suspend most of our non essential activities and scale down to only very essential ones to protect our volunteers from the deadly second wave of Covid19.
PMYO will continue to render services to the young people remotely without risking lives
we thank you all volunteers who gave in their time and dedication to our communities.
Author: Volunteer Department PMYO