Koboroni health Center IV in Koproron town
council in Kween district is a proud recipient of a brand new ambulance from
Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA. The ambulance is part of the component of
the ongoing construction of Kapchorwa-Suam road.
The ambulances are aimed at improving emergency
response and increase the survival rate resulting from accidents and maternal
health. Residents who turned up to witness the delivery
of the ambulance at the health facility,
on Thursday couldn’t hide their joy as they clamped and sang.
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Residents said they have been paying dearly to
hire transport from the rural, hilly and hard to reach areas of the district to
the nearest hospital for treatment and other emergencies.
Caroline Cheptoet, one of the residents, said
because of the long distances they have been trekking, many, especially
expectant mothers have died in transit to health facilities.
She said that some of the expectant mothers had
shunned visiting health facilities and opted for Traditional Birth Attendants
who are easily available within the community.
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Julius Cherop Sabila, another resident says the
ambulance will help especially expectant mothers who in hard to reach areas and
save them from maternal death.
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Dr. Edward Okrikodi, the in charge Kaproron
Health Center IV, says the delivery of the ambulance is timely since the health
facility receives several cases in need of referral.
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Dr. John Baptist Waniaye Nambohe, the
Commissioner Emergency services in Ministry of Health, who represented the Permanent
Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine noted that over 3000 people die of road
accidents due to lack of emergency vehicles.
He says the two ambulances donated to Bukwo and
Kween district by UNRA will help reduce the number of people who die due to
lack of emergency vehicles.
He cautioned the leadership of Bukwo and Kween
districts not to misuse the ambulances like carrying charcoal and passengers
because they are only meant for health emergencies.
Lydia Chekwel, the Kween Woman Member of
Parliament applauded UNRA for donating the ambulances.
Engineer Joseph Otim,
the Director Road Maintenance in UNRA, said every time a road is upgraded and
completed, it comes along with a number of challenges such as accidents, which
require emergency services.