By Stuart Bogere Oswald
The Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) has started producing oxygen for state-run hospitals to ease the burden of the existing plants as a result of rocketing COVID-19 cases.
According to Brigadier General Flavia Byekwaso, the UPDF Spokesperson in a statement said that the army’s commercial arm in partnership with the National Enterprise Corporation have started supplying oxygen cylinders to military and government-run hospitals.
She added that Bombo Military Hospital received oxygen cylinders and Mulago National Referral Hospital has also placed orders.
“And we continue getting orders from other government hospitals. We are ready to supply all of them," she said.
The development comes after media reports that medical oxygen was running out in most medical facilities that admit COVID-19 patients.
The Ministry of Health said on Saturday that the country’s COVID-19 tally had reached 61,977 after 1,735 new infections were reported.
The death toll stood at 428 as another 15 people lost their lives to the virus and 48,160 had recovered.