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Entebbe Hospital to resume general operations next Month

The number of people presenting with Covid-19 at health facilities countrywide, has dropped significantly in recent months, although health experts warn, the threat persists. While the sharp drop in numbers of people requiring hospitalisation has not been explained by the health ministry, Covid-19 infections have been falling globally in recent weeks as countries ramp up mass vaccination.

When several countries had started registering Covid-19 cases, the ministry of health requested Entebbe hospital management to identify health workers and space in the main hospital to manage and act as an isolation site since the designated isolation unit was still under renovation.

Entebbe hospital medics jubilating after the first group of patients were discharged in April last year

Initially, the management had agreed to suspend private wing services and use the 20-bed capacity private wing for handling Covid19 cases. However, the 20-bed space became full, hence closing off other sections like the radiology department until the whole facility was later turned into a reserve for Covid19 cases to date.

The health centre at Nsamizi army barracks was also reportedly reserved for Covid19 patients as well, in case Entebbe hospital could no longer accommodate them. “Given its proximity which is close to Entebbe hospital, health officials initially projected an upsurge in the number of Covid19 cases, hence reserved Nsamizi health facility for the same,” intimated a source within the health circles. However, no single Covid19 case has since been referred to Nsamizi health centre III.

Entebbe hospital which was in September last year, surging with Covid-19 patients, is reported to be remaining with no single patient currently. Mohammad Mubiru the hospital administrator said, Entebbe regional referral hospital which had stopped offering general health services, would resume normal services in a month’s time.

“We expect the isolation centre being constructed in areas of Manyago Entebbe, to be complete by then, so that we can move any new patients there,” intimated the hospital admin. Another source at the administrative level of the hospital confided that a decision has already been taken to have the hospital opened next month after proper spraying and fumigation.

Previously known as Grade B, Entebbe regional referral hospital used to receive 200 patients everyday on average before it was reserved for Covid19 cases. “And those were exclusive of special clinics such as HIV, Diabetes, sickle cell, TB clinic among others which only used to come up on particular days,” explained a medic. People from most islands within lake Victoria, among other areas have always sought for treatment from the same hospital before it was reserved to handle only Covid-19 cases.

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