By RICHARD DRASIMAKU
TEREGO: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The humanitarian agencies involved in the refugee assistance programme in the Rhino Camp and Imvepi settlements in Terego district are being harnessed to help the district with ambulance services to transport Covid 19 patients.
Armitage Basikania, the settlement commandant of Imvepi, gave the assurance during a district Coronavirus taskforce meeting recently.
“Don’t actually endure that pain, there is no ambulance only for refugees, when a driver is disturbing, call me, that will be solved,” Basikania said.
“As a liaison officer between the settlements and the government I pledge to take disciplinary action against any officer or driver who discriminates between refugees and the local community,” he added.
Basikania was responding to pleas from district leaders who said they are unable to handle Covid 19 cases due to lack of ambulances.
According to the district’s acting health officer, Dr. Hillary Pariyo, the health department is incapacitated to respond timely to emergencies and yet when they call for help from the humanitarian agencies, the ambulance drivers allegedly turn down their calls on grounds that they were not trained to transport Covid 19 patients.
“Members as a district, we don’t have an ambulance we can hold and direct; you partners have very many ambulances, we urgently need your help,” Dr. Pariyo pleaded.
Terego district has so far registered 116 positive Covid 19 cases with three deaths since March 2020
The resident district commissioner, Bassie Ajilong, advised the DHO to furnish the ministry of health with a situation report on the lack of ambulance services while appealing for cooperation from the NGO to bridge the gap in the interim period.
Dr. Francis, an IRC volunteer working in Omugo health centre guided the health officer to consider proximity of location of the emergency vehicles when calling for ambulances to minimize complications in response.
Arua regional referral hospital is the main provider of ambulance services for Terego district after the UNHCR donated ambulance was grounded.