Shortage of oxygen gas among Ugandan hospitals is likely to be a thing of the past after an investor from United Arab Emirates (UAE) has mooted a plan to start producing this essential commodity in Uganda.
The investor indentified as Deepak Mehta, has already held a discussion with President Yoweri Museveni in a meeting that took place at State House-Nakasero.
Deepak, who is the Managing Director of Global Gases Group,
met the President recently in Dubai during his visit to UAE and that he followed up on the same yesterday in a meeting attended by energy minister Ruth Nankabirwa, investment state minister Evelyn Anite among others.
He was accompanied to State House by his Directors, Arnab Das and Swalnil Vichare.
Deepak told a jovial Museveni that he has various projects he plans to open up in the country. These include production of oxygen gas for hospitals as well as for export to countries in the region. The other critical project is that of making biogas and fertilizers from cow dung.
“It is an investment that will supply oxygen to hospitals. Some would be exported and will also help in import substitution,” he briefed the president.
He said he also plans to turn waste in Ugandan cities and urban centers into electricity, an idea the president said would contribute in ensuring the cleanliness of the environment.
“We plan to use waste in cities and urban areas for making electricity” Deepak said.
President Museveni welcomed Deepak to Uganda and his plans to produce oxygen gas that is essentially needed in our hospitals.