BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU
ARUA: April 20, 2021
A two-day training for critical staff in emergency medical care drawn from some of the busiest hospitals in the West Nile region has concluded in Arua City.
A total of 23 care givers among them ambulance drivers, nurses, doctors and administrators took part in the training that focused on pre-hospital care in the context of accidents and Covid-19 pandemic.
It was organised by the emergency care society of Uganda and the professional ambulance drivers’ association.
Malteser International, a humanitarian organisation that has supported the health ministry in policy formulation and setting standards for ambulances among others, provided the finances to facilitate the training.
They also donated assortment of personal protective equipment including overalls, gumboots, gloves, masks and sanitizers to the represented hospitals.
These are Yumbe hospital, Ovujo hospital in Maracha, Nebbi hospital, Kuluva hospital in Arua district and Pioneer hospital, Family Care hospital, Rhema hospital and Arua hospital in Arua City.
Clifford Aliga, vice president of the emergency care society of Uganda described the training as something trans-formative in emergency medical care that would save lives in the region.
Meanwhile Dr. Emmanuel Candia, who was one of the trainers expressed optimism that the quality of emergency medical care in West Nile is going to improve.
“The team is now conversant with Covid-19 emergency and accidents as well as what steps they need to take,” he said.
The Arua resident city commissioner, Martin Oroch commended emergency health-care givers for the immense sacrifices thy make in attending to patients in dire need of attention.
“You are the first people to reach where other people cannot reach. You clean drive badly injured people even those at the verge of dying, you clean those wounds. For this I congratulate you,” he said.
However he also appealed for discipline saying that he is informed that some emergency care givers shun patients especially bodaboda cyclists who get injured in accidents on account of their recklessness on the roads.
“Some of you including the villagers out there rush to accident scenes not to save life but to check what is in the pocket of victims- money, phones etc,” he charged.
Oroch condemned the excessive charges for ambulance services in both private and government hospitals and called for a stop of exploitation of victims of emergencies.
“But there are a good number of you who are honest and professional. Go out there and prove that you have been trained,” Oroch concluded.