The Executive Director of Mulago National Referral Hospital, Dr Byarugaba Baterana, has Monday seen off l UPDF critical care Doctors, Nurses and other specialities who have been involved in the fight against Covid 19 at the hospital.
This comes as a result of successful disabling of Covid-19 by the joint effort of medical teams from Mulago National Referral Hospital, Makerere University, Infectious Disease Control Centre and the UPDF.
At the beginning of the pandemic, the Ministry of Health requested UPDF leadership for support against the outbreak.
Subsequently, on March 25, 86 UPDF medics were dispatched to different hospitals to reinforce the effort against the deay Covid-19 virus. Other security agencies namely; police and prisons services also responded putting the number of medics contributed by security forces to 240 personnel.
Out of the 23 Covid 19 patients initially admitted at Mulago National referral hospital, 21 have were discharged while only 2 who remain admitted at the facility. According to Dr Byarugaba, the two will be discharged 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. You can now be baptized as ‘Covid 19 defeaters’ in this hospital and medals of victory await you,” said the Executive Director.
Dr. Byarugaba requested that UPDF Head of Medical Services considers deploying the team in other critical centres of the National Referral hospital; the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Neurology, crimatology and others so that they further the expeience they have acquired.
Dr. Byarugaba commended President Museveni for building multi-skilled and reliable Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) that efficiently responds to challenges.
“We are winning Covid 19 with minimal numbers because of the foresightedness of our President, congratulations to him and the entire country,” he noted.
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.
He commended the foresightedness of the UPDF leadership for training the initial 86 UPDF medics and for the strategic leadership’s preparedness to fight Covid -19 way before Uganda registered a single case.
These 86 medics formed a critical number of staff at different hospitals in Uganda. On scaling down of UPDF Medics, Dr Musinguzi said that a skeleton medical staff and security, especially in areas of hygiene, will be left at Mulago Hospital to continue assistance.
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 the country may in the future face.
Dr John Lusiba, the UPDF Physician who headed the UPDF team at Mulago 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 have learnt but also built civil-military relations which are a strong pillar of the institution of UPDF. We are more than ever before ready to fight the pandemic as well as any other,” Dr Lusiba promised.
He noted that all services of UPDF are represented on the medical team, expertise that is spread across the country.