News & Analysis: Medical supplies and PPE

African states face acute shortages of oxygen supplies and ICU beds

“WHO regional director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said that hospital admissions for severely ill COVID-19 patients had reached unprecedented levels in about 10 countries; at least six countries were facing shortages in intensive care unit beds and medical oxygen.”

via The East African

Uganda: Mulago hospital to install new plant as oxygen crisis worsens

“A day after news leaked that 30 COVID-19 patients died after the oxygen supply malfunctioned at Mulago hospital on Tuesday, authorities at the facility have announced that they will install a fifth oxygen plant to meet the increased demand.”

via Daily Monitor

Vaccines and oxygen run out as third wave of COVID-19 hits Uganda

“Both private and public medical facilities in the capital, Kampala and in towns across the country – including regional hubs in Entebbe, Jinja, Soroti, Gulu and Masaka – have reported running out or having acute shortages of AstraZeneca vaccines and oxygen. Hospitals report they are no longer able to admit patients to intensive care.”

via The Guardian (UK)

Namibia: Hospitals Cancel Surgeries due to COVID-19 Surge

“The national state referral hospitals Windhoek Central Hospital and Katutura Intermediate Hospital will no longer perform any operations unless they are urgent, as the country continues to battle a third wave of COVID-19 infections.”

via The Namibian

Entebbe referral hospital closed to inpatients after COVID-19 surge

“The director of Entebbe Referral Hospital, Dr Moses Muwanga has said the facility has been closed to inpatients due to a surge in the number of COVID-19 patients being admitted at the hospital.”

via Daily Monitor

Hospital bed space alert in Gauteng as third wave of COVID-19 takes hold

“More than 1,800 people are currently hospitalised in the province’s private and public facilities, but concerns over bed space are mounting as Gauteng COVID-19 infection numbers spike.”

via Daily Maverick

Severe COVID-19 Is More Often Fatal in Africa Than in Other Regions

“Inadequate treatment for critically ill patients contributed to higher death rates in Africa, compared to other parts of the world, a study found.”

via New York Times

Windhoek faces COVID-19 ICU crisis

“The increasing hospitalization of people with COVID-19 has led to a shortage of beds in the intensive care units of Windhoek’s hospitals, especially private facilities.”

via The Namibian

A billion-dollar COVID-19 deal linked to Kenya attracted the attention of US regulators

“In Kenya, citizens have protested allegations of corruption in the procurement and supply of COVID-19 equipment worth $71.96 million by a government agency. But the latest scandal to envelop the country has had international implications, pulling in a Canadian firm and American regulators.”

via Quartz Africa

Medical supplies platform could be the model to fast track PPE supplies and vaccines to Africa and beyond

“While Covax is a necessary and laudable effort, its ambitions and timelines were always going to fall short of what the developing world needed, including much of Africa. So while leaders around the world were glued to their phones, Zimbabwean businessman and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa was on video calls setting up something a little different. He and about 30 African colleagues established the non-profit Africa Medical Supplies Platform.”

via Daily Maverick