Monday, November 5, 2012

Uganda: Mulago Intensive Care Unit Reopens After Death of Several

Posted by on November 5, 2012
By Jane Nambi
The Mulago hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has been reopened after many lost their lives due to its closure over the last few days.
The unit was reopened Friday. It had been previously closed due to the break down of equipment in the unit. As a result, five people were reported dead as a result of the closure of the unit.

It was reported that there was a shortage of bacterial filters – an important component used with ventilators which protect patients from germs and infections coming from the machines through the tubes as well as making the air moist enough for the patient to take in.
The hospital spokesperson, Mr Enock Kusasira explained that Mulago had experienced a temporary shortage of bacterial filters for two machines. “The order for the filters was placed on September 20, 2012 and they were later on delivered on October 12 but were not well packaged,” he said, adding: “Mulago Hospital asked the supplier for another delivery which was delivered on November 1, 2012.”
Whereas the hospital management says they ran out of filters for only two machines, according to Daily Monitor sources, four ventilators did not have filters, and as such no patient could be admitted to the ICU.
Most of the patients, who turned up at the hospital in dire need of life support services, were turned away.

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