Gulu Regional Referral Hospital is struggling to
respond to health emergencies following the breakdown of its two
The ambulances include one that was in June donated by the Ministry of Health
to respond to Covid-19 emergencies and the other given by the government in
Dr James Elima, the Director Gulu Regional Referral Hospital says that the
ambulances registration number UBG 975 T and UG 368 M have all broken down and
not yet repaired to date.
The hospital is currently treating 20 Covid-19 patients from the eight
districts of Acholi Sub Region as well as the centre of coordination for
Cocid-19 activities in Acholi.
Elima says that responses to Covid-19 activities and other health emergencies
have been greatly affected because the hospital is only relying on ambulances
from Gulu Central Police Station and Gulu Municipal Council.
Dr Christine Susan Akidi, the In-charge of Maternity Ward says that the
unavailability of standby ambulances is also affecting responses to health
emergencies among pregnant mothers.
On Thursday, Betty Aol Ocan, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament visited the
hospital and promised to inform the Ministry of Health to respond to the plight
of the hospital and also consider giving at least two brand new ambulances.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
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