BY JESUS OKELLO OJARA
AMURU: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 04, 2021
Following the closure of Apaa Health Centre II since late May this year, health service delivery have been greatly affected in the area, The health facility is located in Apaa Village Labala Parish Pabo sub county in Amuru district.
Residents are crying loud to the government for assistance since it’s the only health center within the parish, and it has been delivering services to over 3,000 residents in the community.
Kenneth Mwaka, the village health team of Apaa disclosed that he normally registers more than 24 cases of malaria in a week, and they are among the children aged 5 years old and below noting that he fails to treat them since the medicines are not enough.
Mwaka further added that the district health department has not provided these ACTs for malaria treatment for the past three months which is really affecting them so much and children are are at risk of dying as a result of malaria infections.
“Though the district sometimes come in to support us the VHTs, they only provide drugs for dysentery and a fewer malaria ACT which only treat about 4 to 6 children,” aggrieved Mwaka added.
Of all these challenges, Mwaka stated that they have also lost four mothers due to antenatal problems since there is no functional health center and for one to move from Apaa to Pabo health center III and Jengari health center II is very far and approximately 23 kilometers.
Dr. Patrick Olwedo Odong, the Amuru district health officer seconded to the cries and confirmed that the Apaa health center II is not operational since its closure in late May and Majorly due to the conflict between Acholi and the Madi in Adjumani.
Olwedo noted that the health center had a total of only six staff as compared to the required numbers of nine and these staff are not close to the health center at the moment.
He further disclosed that residents of Apaa have to move to Pabo health center III and Jengari Health center II for any kind of treatment as the only solution at the moment.
“We have no option but only waiting for the government to settle the conflicts between the Madi and Acholi amicably then we can open the health center,” Olwedo further disclosed.