Uganda’s military started producing medical oxygen to bridge supplies in hospitals facing rising cases of Covid-19.
National Enterprises Corp., a unit of the army, has begun output at its Luwero Industries Ltd. unit north of the capital, Kampala, army spokeswoman Flavia Byekwaso said by phone Tuesday, without providing further details.
Four oxygen plants at Mulago Hospital, Uganda’s main referral facility, produce 2,083 liters of oxygen per minute, compared with demand of as much as 70 liters per minute for each patient in critical condition, the Kampala-based Daily Monitor newspaper reported. Mulago has 195 Covid patients in severe to critical condition, it said.
Health Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Ainebyoona declined to comment when asked for details about the supply and demand of medical oxygen in Uganda.
Covid patients have more than doubled at Ugandan health facilities since the end of May to 920 and the country’s test positivity rate is 17.1%, according to the ministry.
The country received the third consignment of the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccines of up to 175,000 doses late Wednesday to add to buffer its mass vaccination program.
Infections in the East African country have climbed 34% since May 31 to 63,099, with 434 having died since the disease was first detected in the country in March 2020.