Kabale, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kabale Regional Referral Hospital is struggling with space for coronavirus patients as numbers continue to surge. The facility was designated to handle patients from across the Kigezi region as the government decentralized COVID-19 case treatment services.
Dr Sophie Namasopo, the hospital director says that the current ward which has a capacity of accommodating 60 patients is now filled to capacity, with 64 people admitted by last evening.
Alfred Besigensi, the Kabale District Health Officer says that so far, the district has 175 cases of COVID-19, of which 102 are being managed under home-based care due to lack of space at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital. At least 23 of the patients are health workers.
Besigensi says that because the number of COVID-19 patients is overwhelming, the task force has decided to make an early discharge of patients as a way of reducing congestion at the referral. He says that patients who are not in a bad condition are being advised to go home and seek medical treatment at lower health units of health centre III and IVs.
He asks patients to treat this in good faith because once they remain at the referral, it also puts them at risk of contracting the deadly COVID-19 yet they are already battling other sicknesses and COVID-19 is also not sparing health workers.