Increasing numbers of covid-19 patients have overwhelmed Kabale Regional Referral Hospital as there is no more space to cater for them.
Provisions within the hospital that were gazetted for Covid-19 patients from Kigezi region have become insufficient to cater for the growing numbers of people infected with the deadly coronavirus following an insurgence.
According to the hospital Director, Dr. Sophie Namasopo, the ward meant to accommodate Covid-19 patients can only contain 60 of them but by the close of yesterday, the number of patients was at 64 patients.
Additionally, the Kabale District Health Officer, Mr. Alfred Besigensi says so far a total of 175 cases have been registered in the district and among these, 102 are attaining home based care due to shortage of space at the hospital.
He went on to inform that approximately, 23 of the infected people so happen to be health workers.
More to this, he informed that the task force has resorted to making early discharges of patients with an aim of cutting down on the numbers of people being admitted at the referral hospital.
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This is majorly for patients that are not badly off as they are advised to seek medical attention from lower health units in their communities which may either be health centers III or rather health centers IV.
In line to the above, the health officer pleaded with patients to understand the situation since leaving them at the regional Referral Hospital only predisposes them to high chances of contracting COVID-19.