CPHD To Upscale Oxygen Access In The County’s Major Hospitals

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By Reuben Olita

The Centre for Public Health and Development (CPHD) will support the County Government of Busia to increase access to oxygen in Alupe, Sio-Port and Port-Victoria Sub County Hospitals.

Speaking during an inception meeting attended by the County Health Management Team (CHMT) at the Busia County Referral Hospital (BCRH), the CPHD program manager Gatwiri Murithi said the Oxygen Access Project will boost efforts to combat Covid-19 and other respiratory illnesses that require oxygen therapy.

“We noticed that with Covid-19 the pressure was at the BCRH in terms of Oxygen requirement. The arising needs for the commodity should be handled at the Sub County Hospitals,” she said.

Ms Murithi noted that the project will be funded by Segal Family Foundation (SFF), adding that 40 health care workers from the selected health facilities will be trained on the clinical use of oxygen, with a focus on introduction to oxygen equipment including pulse Oximeters and concentrators.

“We know that one of the challenges with oxygen use is not only getting the product but using it appropriately. The health workers will be taught on how to prescribe it and use the various accessories to make proper use of the limited resource,” she said.

She added that: “We will donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), a pulse Oximeter and atleast 4 oxygen cylinders for each facility and cover refill costs up to a value of Ksh400, 000 per facility. We will also Install a 2×2 Manifold system at Sio Port Sub County Hospital:”

The project manager also said that they will conduct Monitoring and Evaluation activities to have the correct data on how many people are benefiting from the oxygen donated as well as the existing gaps.

The Busia County Director of Medical Services, Dr Janerose Ambuchi and her Preventive and Promotive Services Counterpart, Dr Melsah Lutomia welcomed the project, adding that it will be of great benefit to residents.

“We request that the health workers going to be trained should include those from the BCRH to have knowledge on efficient use of oxygen,” said Dr Ambuchi.

CPHD trained the first nurse anesthetist from Busia County besides obstetric teams on obstetric emergency care.

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