Last Updated on: 19th October 2021, 11:21 am
Kapelebyong Woman MP buys ambulance worth shs220m for constituent. Shs20m was her top-up.
By Robert Edwomu
Soroti – 19, October 2021: The Kapelebyong district Woman Member of Parliament has donated to her voters an ambulance, a Toyota land cruiser in a bid to improve the limping health sector.
Jacinta Atuto topped shs20m to the shs200m government gave all MPs for their personal cars. The ambulance has a registration number UAS 657F.
Atuto narrates that during campaigns she delivered an expectant mother who had failed to reach a health facility due to shortage of transport.
She further says during the same period of her campaigns she met a mother who was about to give birth to a twin, adding that she feared to help since she is not a trained midwife.
“It is those among other scenarios that forced me to mitigate the transport challenge for patients in the health sector,” she adds.
The ambulance comes alongside a 10 liter oxygen cylinder, flow regulator, doctors and first aid kits, blood pressure machine, RBF machine, thermometer, among other health tools.
Samuel Aeku is the chairperson Local Council one (LC1) Pamba cell, Kapelebyong Central. He notes that the ambulance will now reduce on the cases of expectant mothers and patients dying on the way to health facilities as it used to be due to shortage of faster and convenient transport.
Angela Akurut, the assistant Chief Administrative Officer (ACAO) Kapelebyong says there have been a big problem with ambulances as the district has been surviving on one ambulance for doctor’s outreach, referrals, picking Covid-19 cases and delivering dead bodies.
She says that the bad road networks across the district has left most of the people dying on their way before they get to the facility.
Francis Akorikin is the chairperson LC5 Kapelebyong who notes that the district is planning to develop Kapelebyong Health Center IV to a center of excellence where people have hope of life once admitted or referred.
Magarate Walakira is the district Health Officer Kapelebyong. She says the ambulance has come at the right time and as a district they will sit and arrange on how to manage especially on fuel affairs.
She says the district has been struggling with one ambulance which has been challenging when it comes to delivering and picking patients.