Bosco Ocira, the LC I Chairperson Otici Village who also doubles as the Health Center Management Committee Chairperson, says the facility is currently operating partially due to the absence of many health workers.
Medical workers at Otici Health Centre II in Guru-guru Sub
County in Amuru District have reportedly abandoned work for farming.
Ocira, the LC I Chairperson Otici Village who also doubles as the Health Center
Management Committee Chairperson, says the facility is currently operating
partially due to the absence of many health workers.
As a result, Ocira says patients travel to Guru-guru health
Centre II, which is 8 kilometers away while expectant mothers travel for a
distance of about 18 to 35 kilometers for antenatal care services. He blames
the mess on the absence of the Health center in charge who he says has been
away for almost two months.
“You can’t imagine that drugs are expiring here and they dump
them when patients are looking for these drugs from neighbouring health
facilities,” he said.
//Cue in:”Ento I agikine…”
Cue out….ka ocake cawa Apar,”//
Margret Acen, the Ogom /Guru Guru Parish LC III Woman
councillor, says the problems at the health facility have persisted for two
years. She says the problems worsened when the only midwife at the
facility left for further studies in 2017, which exposes expectant mothers to
She explains that prior to the departure of the midwife; the health
center was handling 10 deliveries each week. “We are not saying that our health workers shouldn’t have
gardens. We are saying it’s a problem when they abandon patients for their
personal work either on the farm or private clinic,” Acen said.
//Cue in: ” Ageno ni wneno kit….”
Cue out:…Pe Angeyo ngo ma gamente,”//
“You can see for yourself how bushy
the place is. Secondly, we don’t have a midwife for antenatal services for
nearly three years and those in need now go to Paboo, Lacor and Ober Abic while
others go to traditional birth attendants but I don’t know the government is doing”
Twenty-two-year-old Concy Angee, a mother of two children who
is expecting her third child, says that she has already spent Shillings 80,000
on transport to Lacor Hospital and Paboo Health Centre III to access antenatal
‘//Cue in: ”Ka in ibino kany…
Cue out….Yat peke omyero iwil awila,”//
“If you come here, they will tell
you that the midwife has gone for study which forces have to access antenatal
care in other health facilities and we are to look for transport, besides, they
will tell you that the drugs aren’t there and you are to buy”
On Friday last week, the health
center was under lock and key by 1:40 pm. No patient had visited the facility
according to the registration book. The health Center in Charge, Richard Opio was
not in his office. Attempts by this reporter to reach him on his known mobile
number for two days did not yield results, as the calls could not go through.
A support staff at the Health Center confirmed
to URN on the condition of anonymity the problems at the facility. He revealed that
outpatient attendance has reduced from 70
patients each day to less than 20 patients.
“We used to handle over 10 deliveries
but the department is defunct for two years,” the source added. He blamed the residents for stealing all the solar panels
from the facility, adding that medical workers do not have access to clean water
and lack food.
There are nine health workers deployed at Otici Health Centre II
including the midwife who left for further studies. Michael Lakony, the Amuru LC V chairperson told our reporter
that District is not aware of problems affecting the health facility.
is true that the health facility isn’t functional then that will require
punitive action against the culprits,” he said.