AMURIA: Government has delivered a brand new ambulance to boost health care for patients seeking referral to bigger hospitals as well as aiding pregnant mothers to access faster medical care.
The Ambulance was handed over to Amuria LC5 Chairman Moses Emabu, by Vice President Jessica Alupo during the belated women’s day commemorations in Amuria district today.
The Vice President while handing over the ambulance reiterated the Government’s efforts to curb cattle rustling in Karamoja and the neighboring sub-regions of Teso, Lango and Sebei.
She added that this matter is in the hands of President Yoweri Museveni and will be handled to its logical conclusion.
The Vice President also asked leaders in the Teso Sub region to rally communities to embrace government programs, especially those designed to fight poverty in households.
Alupo encouraged the locals to embrace and participate in the Parish Development Model, Emyooga and Operation Wealth Creation especially that Teso region is one of the regions included in the UBOS report which says 39% of the population is not in the money economy.
She called upon men to respect girl children below 18 years and also urged girl children to respect and restrain themselves so that they are safe and secure until they complete the education cycle.
Kenneth Ongalo the Minister for Teso Affairs during the handover asked the beneficiaries to own the ambulance and take care for sustainable use.
“We don’t want to hear that this Ambulance is being used to transport Charcoal but must be put to proper use,” said Ongalo.
He added that, “there is no doubt that the Government Health program coupled with other gender focused programs will go a long way to improve maternal health status; and also mitigate the associated problems,” he said.
Suzan Amero the Amuria Woman MP on her part noted that mother’s in Amuria are not given time to deliver normally but are forced to undergo C-section.
She said women are not given opportunities to deliver normally because health workers want to use C-sections to extort money.
Emabu Moses the LCV Amuria said that the ambulance will help in referrals and boost access to health services by mothers who are seeking antenatal services.