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Ambulance Breakdown Hindering COVID-19 Fight at Lira Hospital

The ambulance which broke down last year was given to the hospital in 2004 by the Ministry of Health.

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Lira Regional Referral hospital is facing difficulties to respond to COVID-19 cases due to the lack of a functioning ambulance. The ambulance which broke down last year was given to the hospital in 2004 by the Ministry of Health.

During a meeting with the Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng, Dr Stephen Obbo, the Lira Regional Hospital Director who is also in charge of the COVID-19 treatment centre, says that the hospital is currently relying on an ambulance from Oyam District. 21 Covid-19 positive patients are admitted at Lira hospital.

According to Obbo, their capacity to render emergency medical care is limited.

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Alex Oremo Alot, the District LCV Chairperson, also a member of the district task force says as a regional referral hospital, they need at least two ambulances to facilitate its operation. 

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Aceng said that the Ministry will deliver an ambulance to the hospital as soon as possible. She also asked the district covid-19 task force to utilize the covid-19 funds.

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Aceng advised that the fight against COVID-19 shouldn’t be left to only the government but all stakeholders.

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