As covid-19 cases continue to rise in the country, the urge to seek for health treatment is still a problem in the country. Many people tend to shy away from getting treatment due to the high price hospitals charge on a daily which range from shs1m-shs5m per day.
HE: Ajay Kumar, the Indian high commissioner to Uganda said, the Covid19 isolation centre is more like a corporate social responsibility from the Indian community to Ugandans. He decried the high expenses charged by private health facilities in treatment of Covid19 cases saying, many Ugandans can not manage them. “On average, private medical facilities charge shs2.5m per day which is really high,” expressed H.E Kumar, commending the Indian association for taking a lead in providing affordable medical care towards Covid19 patients.
Meanwhile, Paul Mugambe the mayor for Nakawa division lauded the gesture of setting up the isolation and treatment centre within Nakawa division. Reechoing concerns of high expenses incurred by Covid19 patients to get treatment in private medical facilities, the area mayor intimated that some patients have been tasked to go as far as staking their land titles in order to cover the high expenses incurred while receiving treatment from private medical facilities.
The Indian government and the Indian community have been pivotal in Uganda’s development and social amenities. On March 8, the government of India donated a consignment consisting of 100,000 AstraZeneca vaccines to Uganda among other efforts in combating the pandemic.
According to a letter from the ministry of health, a team from the Case Management Pillar visited the facility on 14th June2021. “The team established that your facility is suitable for the isolation and care of Mild disease patients and those with moderate disease but at no profound risk of progressing to severe disease,” read in part the letter.
“The purpose of this letter therefore, is to inform you that Royal Fort Suites Bugolobi has been cleared to provide isolation and care services for COVID-19 Patients with mild disease who are not eligible for home-based isolation and Patients with moderate disease but with no obvious predisposition to progression to severe disease,” added a letter.
The ministry had also barred the management from handling cases of underlying co-morbidities (Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus, Malignancies, or whose co-morbidities are well controlled (well documented). “Please note that failure to adhere to the set guidelines and standard operating procedures, the Ministry of Health will reserve the right to revoke the clearance to manage COVID-19 patients at your facility,” the health ministry had warned earlier.