ARUA. Arua regional referral Hospital is running out of oxygen to manage Covid-19 patients.

This comes as a result of the increasing number of Covid-19 patients requiring Intensive Care in the West Nile region.

The exhausted oxygen is an additional challenge to the limited space of 36 bed capacity at Covid treatment centre which may soon be filled up, personal protection equipment (PPE is also running into shortage and inadequate staff to handle various diseases in the hospital.

Arua Hospital director, Dr Filbert Nyeko disclosed that the hospital currently has five Covid-19 patients on oxygen as the balance left can only be used on two more incoming conditions that need oxygen.

“The cases are increasing every day and our ability to cope is getting exhausted. Our ability to provide oxygen in the region would fail if we get just two more patients on oxygen at that full rate” Dr Nyeko noted.

He added that the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is not fully functional and asked the ministry of health to speed up full functionality of the ICU at Arua Hospital so that the hospitals’ capacity to handle Intensive care to patients can be boosted.

Dr Filbert NyekoArua hospital Director, Dr Filbert Nyeko. PHOTO BY JOSEPH ODAMADr Filbert NyekoArua hospital Director, Dr Filbert Nyeko. PHOTO BY JOSEPH ODAMA

By press time, Arua Hospital had a cumulative number of Covid-19 cases at 299, an infection rate that the hospital management said is higher than the situation in the first wave of the pandemic in 2020.

With the condition the hospital is in, amidst increasing cases, the hospital management is now urging for West Nile districts to consider home based care for milled Covid-19 cases so that space can be left for patients in critical conditions.

Meanwhile a woman in the Covid-19 treatment centre gave birth to a child in the hospital while another is soon expected to deliver.

Despite the alarming fears about Covid-19, many people in Arua city are still reluctant in observing SOPs and wearing masks while in the public space.

The bishop of Madi and West Nile diocese, Rt Rev Charles Collins Andaku said there is need for the general public to adhere to the presidential declaration of the 42 days’ lockdown in a bid to slow spread of Covid-19.

Bishop Andaku has asked Christians to embrace family and virtual worship, adding that preventing teenage pregnancy and domestic violence that was rampant during the first phase of lockdown should be critically looked into by parents.

In an interval of three months from April this year, Arua Hospital has already lost six people to Covid-19 compared to eight people that the hospital lost in 2020.

Rev CC AndakuThe bishop of Madi & West Nile diocese, Rt Rev Charles Collins Andaku. PHOTORev CC AndakuThe bishop of Madi & West Nile diocese, Rt Rev Charles Collins Andaku. PHOTO