Residents of Tisai Island in Ongino Sub County in Kumi district are struggling with lack of basic social services. Tisai Island, which is home to close 5000 people, is found in Lake Bisina.
The Island borders Bukedea, Nakapiripirit and Katakwi districts. Christine Agwang, a mother of five a resident of Tisai Island, says they lack basic social services like Health, Education and water.
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Agwang says she gave birth to all her children at home, without attending any antenatal care clinic.
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Agwang says their pleas to government to provide them with the basic social services have not yielded residents. She also notes that none of the presidential candidates or local leaders has visited the area since the campaigns started because of its remote location.
According to the residents, only Patrick Amuriat Oboi, the Kumi County MP and woman MP Christine Amongin Aporu visited the area in 2014 and 2015 respectively. 19-year-old Betty Ingolet, who is six month pregnant, says her husband had to sell four chickens to raise Shillings 30,000 for transport for her first antenatal visit.
According to Ingolet, she hasn't been able to go for another antenatal visit because of the high transport cost. â€œI will have to rely on the traditional birth attendants because going for Labour in hospital is a dream because of the long distance involved,â€ she told URN.
Kizito Adome, the LC 3 chairperson Ongino sub county, says the couple requires at least Shillings 270,000 for transport to complete all antenatal care visits, which is costly. He says as a result, expectant mothers turn to traditional birth attendants for antenatal care and delivery that exposes them to danger.
Adome however, says Kumi diocese is putting up a school on the island. Reverand Charles Okunya, the Education coordinator Church of Uganda, says they are planning to set up a primary school and a health facility to enable residents to access social services.
According to Okunya, he shade tears the first time he visited the island, and saw the suffering the people were going through