Tanzania’s major hospital gets 300 oxygen cylinders amid spike in COVID-19 infections

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Tanzania’s state-run medical suppliers on Friday provided 300 oxygen cylinders to Bugando Referral Hospital, a major medical facility in the country’s northern region of Mwanza, amid a reported spike in COVID-19 patients.

Fabian Massaga, head of the Bugando Referral Hospital, said the 300 oxygen cylinders were provided by the state-run Medical Stores Department after the hospital faced an acute shortage of the oxygen cylinders as the number of patients with breathing complications and COVID-19 kept on rising.

“We are admitting such patients on a daily basis,” said Massaga, who did not reveal the number of patients with breathing complications and COVID-19 admitted to the hospital.

“The supply of the oxygen cylinders will help reduce the shortage we are facing,” said Massaga, adding that before the supply the hospital had only 100 cylinders.

Following the shortage of the oxygen cylinders, Massaga appealed to well-wishers earlier this week to donate the cylinders to the hospital.

On Wednesday, President Samia Suluhu Hassan said the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the east African nation, mostly in Mwanza, Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Kagera and Dodoma regions. Enditem

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