The Executive Director of Mulago National Referral Hospital Dr Byarugaba Baterana, has this morning hailed critical UPDF Doctors, Nurses and other experts of the supports rendered at the hospital in the fight against Covid 19.
Through joint efforts of doctors at Mulago National Referral Hospital, Makerere University, Infectious Disease Control Centre and UPDF, officials at the facility believe the Covid19 pandemic has been disarmed.
At the request of Ministry of Health, UPDF in March sent a team of 86 medics to different hospitals to boost the effort. Other security agencies like police, prisons also responded putting the number of security forces medics supporting the ministry to 240 personnel.
Out of the 23 Covid 19 patients admitted at Mulago National referral hospital, 21 have been since discharged while only two remain admitted at the facility. According to Dr Byarugaba, the two will be discharged as soon as tomorrow.
Dr Byarugaba thanked the UPDF medical team for working tirelessly with Mulago hospital to disable Covid 19.
“Thank you for being disciplined and for fighting the pandemic, we have together reduced Covid 19 to the minimum, disabled it and actually defeated it with a heavy blow… medals of victory await you,” he said.
Dr Baterana on the other hand President Yoweri Museveni for leading the fight and guiding the country into a right direction as he has always done.
On UPDF, the ED thanked President Museveni for building a multitalented and reliable Army that can be relied on whenever the country is challenged in anyway.
“We are winning Covid 19 with minimal numbers because of the foresightedness of our president, congratulations to him and the entire country. He concluded.
Maj General Dr Ambrose Musinguzi the UPDF Chief of Medical services, while receiving the UPDF team at Mulago specialized Hospital Gates, reminded Ugandans that, it is UPDF’s constitutional mandate to support the civil authority in case of any catastrophe, and Covid 19 pandemic is one of such.
Dr Musinguzi said that a skeleton of medical staff and security especially in areas of hygiene will be left at Mulago to assist.
He thanked Mulago’s Dr Shade a hygiene specialist for re-training the UPDF Hygienists who now have better skills and have acquired more equipment to fight not only Covid 19 but any other infectious disease that may appear in future.
The UPDF chief promised that the team from Mulago and others in UPDF will now be sent out to assist District Task Forces in the fight against the pandemic.
Dr John Lusiba the UPDF Physician who headed the UPDF team at Mulago in his remarks thanked the UPDF, the Ministry of Health and Mulago leadership for giving the UPDF medics an opportunity to serve in the fight against Covid 19.
“It has not only been an opportunity to serve, but also a time to share experiences and learn from the most senior specialists that Uganda has at Mulago and from Makerere University. We learnt but also built civil military relations which are a strong pillar of the institution of UPDF,” he said.