Last week dozens of patients and their attendants abandoned the hospital after one patient died and was left on his death bed for over three days causing fear and panic among the people.
Patients and attendants at Attiak Health Centre IV in Amuru
district have raised concern about the absence of a mortuary.
Last week dozens of patients and their attendants abandoned the hospital after
one patient died and was left on his death bed for over three days causing fear
and panic among the people.
Collins Kidega, who lost a relative from the Health Centre, says that it was a
nasty scene when the dead body was left for several days in the ward forcing
Isaac Okot, an attendant to a patient and resident of Atiak Trading Centre says
that it has become a routine for people to share rooms with dead bodies in the
health Centre for several days before they are removed by their relatives.
The same scenario was witnessed last year when bodies of four people who
succumbed to accident injuries were dumped at the Health Centre’s ward for
several days forcing dozens of patients and attendants out even before they
Samuel Akera, the Chairperson Atiak Health Centre IV Management Committee says
that they have regularly engaged the government and also offered land for the
construction of a mortuary but nothing has been done to date.
Patrick Odong Olwedo, the Amuru District Health Officer (DHO) admitted
knowledge of the problems but said that they have currently allocated the
Health Centre’s isolation ward to serve as a mortuary as they engage the ministry
of health for a permanent solution.
Lucy Akello, the Amuru District Woman Member of Parliament who has been
re-elected for a second term noted that key on her agenda is having Attiak
Health Centre IV upgraded to a district hospital so that some of its problems
can be addressed.
Atiak Health Centre IV is the biggest hospital in Amuru district treating up to
200 patients with different ailments who visit the facility for healthcare
services every day.
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.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc