24 January 2013

Zambia: UTH Oxygen Supply Setback Resolved

THE University Teaching Hospital (UTH) on Monday experienced low supply of oxygen in the four main theatres but the situation has now normalised.

The affected major operation theatres at the country's highest referral health institution included the theatre for emergency casualty cases.

Others were the main theatre, DO1 theatre for children and the C Block theatre mostly used for gynaecology cases.

UTH public relations manager Pauline Mbangweta confirmed the low supply of oxygen in four theatres.

A check, however, revealed the emergency, main, DO1 theatres and the C Block theatre had started operating.

The oxygen plant had developed a technical fault.

Ms Mbangweta explained in an interview that the UTH oxygen plant experienced a fault on Monday.

"The situation is now normal. We have normal supply of oxygen. What we experienced was a low supply of oxygen from the plant into cylinders," she said.

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