The most affected area is Atoro where more than 300 residents are forced to travel for at least 92-kilo meters to Otwee health centre III or sail across River Nile and travel at least 15km to access Wadilai health center III in Nebbi district.
Residents of Lakang Sub County in Amuru district are struggling to
access health care services due to the long-distance and poor road network.
The most affected area is Atoro where more than 300 residents are forced
to travel for at least 92-kilo meters to Otwee health centre III or sail across
River Nile and travel at least 15km to access Wadilai health center III in
Scovia Alanyo, a resident of Atoro landing site says currently, the cost of
transport to Otwee health center III ranges from between 60,000 to 80,000
Shillings, excluding other costs while travelling to Wadilai costs at least 45,000
Shillings including boat fee which usually costs not more than 5,000 Shillings.
Florence Mungucik, a resident of the same area says the state of the road is
very poor making transport to the health facilities almost impossible.
Patrick Odong the LCI executive member for Atoro area says so far 6 mothers
have given birth on their way to the health facilities in either of the two
districts of Amuru and Nebbi in the past two months.
Odong says that following a community meeting, they resolved that any
expectant mother should be taken to near a health center before the delivery
date nears to avoid scenarios of children being on the way to health
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Michael Lakony, LCV Chairperson Amuru says that due to the distances, the
district health department has resorted to mobile clinics which are not
sustainable and effective.
Lakony says that recently, Atoro was chosen to host the parish headquarters
following the district Resolution. This he says if approved by the government,
will take closer a government health facility in the Nile with the policy of
health center IIs in every parish.
Michael Ojok is a multi-channel reporter based in Gulu district (Northern Uganda). He is interested in humanitarian stories, culture, conflict, peace, environment, health and education.