Authorities at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital say they don’t have enough capacity to admit Covid-19 patients as the number of cases increase in the country.

Since the Covid-19 spread in Uganda in March, the Fort Portal hospital has received 19 Covid-19 cases from districts of Rwenzori Sub-region.

Dr Alex Adaku, the director of the hospital, said they have reached the full capacity and they cannot admit more cases.

“As a regional referral hospital, our mandate is to handle cases coming from the whole region of Rwenzori but the cases have now overwhelmed us,” he said.

By Thursday, the hospital management had discharged seven Covid-19 patients, six were undergoing treatment, while three had been referred to Mubende Regional Referral Hospital because of limited space.

Fort Portal regional referral hospital receives referred patients from the nine districts in the Rwenzori Sub-region.

Dr Adaku said because the community has relaxed on SOPs, it has greatly contributed to the community transmission of Covid-19.

“The cases we received are all stable. Of the 11 cases we received recently, 10 are male and one female. Ten are from Kasese District and while the other is from Bundibugyo District,” he said.

He said the Covid-19 patient from Bundibugyo was a boda boda rider.

Mr Brian Kisembo (Clinical officer), the incident manager of Kabarole District Covid-19 taskforce, said the Covid-19 patient who was found in a hotel in Fort Portal was a soldier attached to the counter terrorism.