ICU bed capacity in Uganda

A bed in an Intensive Care Unit. The equipment in ICUs are generally costly but because they save lives - at least every hospital should have one.

A research titled “Assessment of the current capacity of Intensive Care Units (ICU) in Uganda; a descriptive study,” by Patience Atumanya, Cornelius Sendagire, Agnes Wabule, John Mukisa, Lameck Ssemogerere, Arthur Kwizera, Peter K Agaba shows that the country has 55 functional intensive care beds in the 12 ICUs that are operational.
The research was conducted in 2019 and results released in January.
The report indicates that of 14 ICUs in the country, 12 are operational and two are non-functional due to wlack of human resource. Only a quarter of the 12 are in public hospitals.
An additional 20 beds had no ventilatory capacity. Majority of ICUs are anaesthesiologist-led, run a closed model, and have variable nurse-patient ratios.


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