The only two ambulances belonging to the district including one that was donated around 2006 by Medicines Sans Frontiers, an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organization have broken-down.
Amuru district health department is facing difficulties to respond
to medical emergencies due to lack of functioning ambulance services.
The only two ambulances belonging to the district including one that was
donated around 2006 by Medicines Sans Frontiers, an international humanitarian
medical non-governmental organization have broken-down.
Apollo Kaggwa Okello, the Secretary for Health said the district
recently failed to respond to emergencies involving two mothers who were in
labour in far-fetched rural villages of Pogo in Pabbo Sub-County, and Mutema in
Amuru Sub-County. According to Kaggwa, the mothers reportedly died on their way
due to weak emergency response links.
Kaggwa disclosed that the two ambulances have been grounded at Pabbo Sub-County
headquarter and Kaladiima Health Centre in Lamogi Sub-County respectively. He
added that over 10 million shillings is required for repairs.
According to Margaret Odokonyero Okot, the Assistant District Health Officer
the health department relies on only one vehicle given by the Ministry of Health
under maternal-child health care programme.
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Odokonyero revealed that currently, their capacity to render emergency medical
care to address a wide range of acute conditions that include injuries,
complications of pregnancies, timely response to life-threatening conditions is
Amuru’s over 300, 000 population is sparsely settled across distant four sub-counties
in the district is being served by Atiak Health Centre IV in Atiak Sub-County.
The district also now depends on the services of nine health centre IIIs and 16
health centre IIs.
Of the eight districts that comprise Acholi sub-region; Lamwo, Omoro, Gulu,
Amuru, Agago, Pader, Kitgum, and Nwoya, only five that includes (Gulu, Lamwo,
Pader, Kitgum and Omoro) have single operational ambulances.
When contacted, Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Senior Public Relations Officer in the
Health Ministry says there is a strategic policy paper pending Cabinet’s
approval in order to procure ambulances that will be placed in central points
across each of the five regions of Uganda to respond to medical emergencies.