Joint Medical Stores alongside Gradian Health Systems have donated 85 robust oxygen regulators and 8000 N95 face masks to the Ministry of Health.
The donations come at the time when the Ministry of Health is battling with overwhelming numbers of covid-19 patients especially in the wake of the new variant that made it’s way to the country.
Dr. Bildard Baguma who serves as executive director Joint Medical Stores says the donations are meant to enhance functionality at the recently establish ICUs at the 17 regional Referral Hospital countrywide.
“In July 2019, the Ministry of Health upgraded 17 Regional Referral Hospitals to establish intensive Care Units (ICUs) across the country. Ministry of Health invested in equipment, including 109 Gradian Health Systems Critical Care Ventilators (CCVs) supplied by Joint Medical Store (JMS). However, for the Critical Care Ventilators to be fully utilized, they required oxygen regulators to connect the ventilators to the high flow oxygen therapy apparatus. It is against this background that we are making this donation,” he said.
Additionally, he informed that the donated regulators have the capacity to connect to upto three ventilators with two on high flow oxygen therapy and one on low flow oxygen therapy unlike the conventional oxygen regulators that could connect to only one ventilator.
“The donation is in addition to a national capacity building program worth $163,500 conducted free of charge. In the program, Gradian Health Systems and JMS partnered with the association of anaesthesiologists to train 600 critical care providers from all the 17 Regional Referral Hospitals.”
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The Joint Medical Stores went on to inform that despite the fact that the public has already been informed of what is meant to be done, it is only wise for them to provide equipment so as to avoid a strain on Ministry of Health.
“As such, the public is cautioned to observe the Ministry of Health Standard Operating Procedures to avoid straining the health sector,” he said additionally.