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Patients, Attendants Demand for Mortuary at Attiak Health Centre IV

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 people out.

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 were discharged. 

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.

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