A group of survivors of Covid-19 who received treatment at Kabale regional Referral hospital in Kabale district have donated an assortment of items to support the active Covid-19 patients at the hospital.
The items include 200 kilograms of maize flour, 50 kilograms of beans, 15 kilograms of ground nuts, 25 kilograms of millet flour, Rice, laundry soaps, 20 cartons of water, onions, garlic, breads, yellow bananas, orange fruits lemons and gingers among others.
Handing over the items at the hospital, the survivors led by Kabale Municipality Covid-19 surveillance Focal Person Paddy Mwesigye said through their Covid-19 positivity forum, they mobilized the funds even from other people to buy the items after realizing that the hospital had inadequate budget to provide all such items.
Dr Sophie Namasopo the Kabale Regional Referral Hospital Director commended the survivors for the initiative, saying that initially the hospital was getting enough funds from the government to cater for patients, but has been shrinking ever since. She asked the survivors to help in sensitizing people about the advantages of isolating people once found positive.
According to Namasopo, since the outbreak of the pandemic, the hospital has admitted 378 Covid-19 patients and four of them died including two who were under Covid-19 treatment unit and other two who died when they were still suspects but their results turned positive. By the time our reporter left the hospital there were only 26 Covid-19 patients.
Alfred Besigensi the Kabale Acting District Health Officer appealed to the government to look into supporting facilities because they are currently depending on supporters meaning that at a later stage they will be forced to ask patients to come with food. He asked the general public to avoid stigmatizing Covid-19.