- One of the three critically injured student is still in coma
- Okwairwoth added that Nebbi hospital still lacks specialists to handle some of the emergency cases
- They are being treated at Mulago and the medical bill will be catered for by the UPDF
By Okaba Patrick
Nebbi. The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) has airlifted the severely injured students of Uringi secondary school.
Those airlifted to Mulago Referral hospital are Jonathan Oyenyboth, Trecy Oyirwoth and Marry Parmu. The Tuesday morning accident on Kei-Nebbi road was attributed to brake failure and the truck driver also wanted to avoid head-on collision.
The Acting Medical Superintendent Nebbi Hospital, Dr Justine Okwairwoth, says one of the critically injured needs special attention to the eyes while the two sustained severe head injuries that need proper scanning.
“The rest of the injured students are out of danger. The hospital has only three doctors working and sometimes when accident occurs like this, we are overwhelmed and the blames are pushed back to few doctors and yet the gaps should have been fixed by government by recruiting more doctors,” Okwairwoth said.
The dead were identified as Akech Linda S.3, Manano Isaac S.4 and Victor S.5. The students, members of Young Christian Society (YCS) were traveling for Music, Dance and Drama at Nebbi Cathedral Parish.
Already, the members of Uringi Old Boys and Girls Association and Forum for Development of Greater Nebbi are mobilizing funds to support the families.
Nebbi vice chairman, Geoffrey Anecho, said government should come up with strict measures to prohibit the transportation of students using tipper lorries.
The Zombo Woman MP and State Minister for Northern Uganda, who requested for the Chopper from President’s office, Grace Kwiyocwiny, called for financial support for the students who are being treated at Mulago.