Aduku HHealth Center IV, a Kwania health sub district hospital that serves Kwania and patients from the neighboring Kole, Apac and Dokolo districts receives over 900 patients on a monthly basis according to the report from OPD however the facility operates without mortuary.
Patients at Aduku Health Center IV in
Kwania district have no choice but share a general ward with dead bodies due to lack of a mortuary.
Aduku Health center IV, a Kwania health sub district hospital that
serves Kwania and patients from the neighboring Kole, Apac and Dokolo districts
receives over 900 patients on a monthly basis, according to the report from the Outpatients Department - OPD. However
the facility operates without mortuary.
The district hospital has been operating since 2002
with residents having to take the remains of their relatives to Apac main
hospital mortuaries or forced to bury quickly.
The hospital administrators say, they are sometimes
forced to release dead bodies quickly to their relatives for burial while some dead
bodies are being kept at the General ward with patients.
A health worker told Uganda Radio Network - URN on condition of anonymity
that at least five bodies had been handed over to their relatives for burial
over the past two days after being kept in a General ward for nearly three
Mike Ngura, a resident of Abongomola trading center
says lack of a mortuary has caused panic at the facility as both patients and
health workers fear going to the General ward where the bodies are being kept. He wants government to immediately come to their
rescue and construct a mortuary before the 2021 general elections.
Cue in: “Paco gite tye …
Cue out… ket mortuary oko.”//
Another resident, Annet Atim said
the absence of a mortuary at the facility has left a big service gap to the
community. She has asked the Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng to take up
the matter with almost seriousness.
Cue in: “Kwaca tye ni …
Cue out… wek kony Community.”//
Dr. Moses Ebong, the Kwania District Health Officer
also confirmed the challenge saying since the government facility was upgraded to
a Health center IV status in 2002, the issue of a mortuary has been a problem.
We have tentatively resolved to hand over dead bodies to relatives
quickly since there is no mortuary. But sometimes when the close
relatives of the deceased are not around, we keep the dead bodies in a
Ward,’’ he said.
Dr. Ebong however said the issue of the mortuary has
been included in the five-year District Development Plan to build the modern
mortuary facility to address the challenge.
However, George Akaca,
a Public Health Expert, says sharing the ward with dead bodies possesses a great
health risk to the public especially the patients at the facility.
Cue in: “It is really …
Cue out… the health unit.”//
Basil Okello Onac, the Kwania
District LCV Chairman says, they have already forwarded the challenges in the
health sector especially the absence of a mortuary to the line Ministry for
Okello reiterated that construction of a mortuary has
crippled service delivery, and appealed to donors to assist in the construction
of a mortuary at Aduku Health Center IV.