Last Updated on: 15th May 2023, 10:25 pm
Adjumani, May 15, 2023: The Adjumani East Constituency Member of Parliament James Mamawi has donated an ambulance worth shs116m to the district.
While handing the ambulance with registration number UBN 962E to the district chairman, Mamawi said the purpose of donating the ambulance is to improve access to essential healthcare and improve the overall well-being of the people through quality healthcare delivery.
“I am aware, our population has grown because of hosting refugees, partners are supporting the district, but the number of ambulances is not enough to handle referrals,” Mamawi said.
Mamawi said one of the government’s primary focuses is to put people first by improving their well-being, which is underscored by the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG3) of ensuring good health and well-being of the population.
Dr. Joseph Atia, the in charge of the health sub-district and the in charge of Mungula Health Center IV said an ambulance is one of the essential pieces of equipment that helps in emergency medical services.
Atia said the contribution by the legislator is going to aid the government’s plan of securing ambulances as indicated in the National emergency medical policy and the strategic plan.
He added that through the ambulance coordination team of the district, the ambulance will be put to correct use to ensure that the ambulance serves the purpose for which it was procured.
Ben Anyama is the LC5 chairperson of Adjumani who said the district will enter a memorandum of understanding to ensure good use of the ambulance.
Anyama commended the MP for contributing towards improving the health care of the people of Adjumani including the refugees.
Maureen Komaa, a resident of Pakele town council in Adjumani said she is excited with the ambulance as it will help in the referral of pregnant mothers to the hospital and referrals to other health facilities outside the district.
Another resident of the Ofua sub-county Ann Kinya said, “We expect the ambulance to serve us and reduce the cost of referrals, especially from Adjumani to Gulu and Kampala.”
SDG3 targets reducing the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births and ending preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to as low as 25 per 1,000 live births by 2030, among other targets.