Joyce Adong, a resident of Okwamomwar village in Palam Sub County in Usuk County explains that the late MP bought the ambulance to compliment the work of the only government ambulance that is deployed at Katakwi Health Centre Four.
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Usuk county residents in Katakwi district are protesting the breakdown of an ambulance that was bought by the former Area MP, the late Michael Oromait to help transport patients in need of emergency treatment. They claim the ambulance has been grounded for the past seven months, which has forced them to resort to boda bodas in case of emergencies.
Oromait died on July 20, 2012 and was replaced by his daughter Proscovia Alengot Oromait. Joyce Adong, a resident of Okwamomwar village in Palam Sub County in Usuk County explains that the late MP bought the ambulance to compliment the work of the only government ambulance that is deployed at Katakwi Health Centre Four. She however, says they have not seen the ambulance picking patients from their sub county for over one year.
Peter Ojacor, a resident of Pakwii village in Ngariam Sub County says since the ambulance broke down they find it a huge challenge to transport patients from Ngariam to Katakwi hospital. Simon Peter Ojaman, the Usuk sub county LC V councilor says the ambulance has been grounded for seven months. He faults Proscovia Alengot Oromait, the incumbent Usuk county Member of Parliament of abandoning her late father’s projects. He says during the time of the late MP, he would fuel and repair the ambulance to keep it running.
Ojaman says they feel let down because they voted for Proscovia Alengot Oromait hoping that she would consolidate her father’s projects. Simon Icumar, the Katakwi district Health Officer declined to comment on the ambulance saying it was private property. John Robert Ekongot, the Katakwi district LC V chairperson has also not comment as he would neither pick nor return calls from URN.
His vice Margret Ikulot switched off her mobile, when our reporter asked her about the ambulance. Proscovia Alengot, the Usuk Member of Parliament says it is her responsibility to maintain the ambulance in working condition. She however, says that she is hunting for a qualified mechanic to repair the ambulance to ensure it does not break down quickly. Alengot also claimed that some of the spare parts needed are not locally available and need to be sourced from Kenya.