By Peace Jalar
Zombo-The district leaders and a section of locals are now demanding for President Yoweri Museveni’s unfulfilled pledge of constructing a district hospital.
The leaders and argue that once the hospital is constructed, it would reduce costs of transport for patients being referred to either Nebbi hospital or Arua Regional Referral hospital.
The district that borders Democratic Republic of Congo relies mainly on Catholic owned Nyapea which, some say is far from and services are a little expensive. Ten years ago, President Yoweri Museveni had promised to ensure that Paidha Health Center III is upgraded to Health center IV where a doctor would be stationed there to help patients.
Some patient attendants at Paidha Health center III. Photo by Peace Jalar
But this pledge has not been fulfilled as patients have continued to rely on Nyapea hospital, which some locals say has become un-affordable.
Headed by the LC5 Chairperson, John Orwiny, said on Wednesday that the construction of a hospital or upgrading Paidha Health center IV would strengthen the health service delivery since the current health centre III (Paidha and War Health centre III) harbor a large population from within the district.
The two health centers receive huge number of patients from Democratic Republic of Congo that has improper health care systems.
“It is unfortunate that the entire district has no government hospital. We do not have even a health centre IV, the entire population is just suffering because there are no doctors to handle certain sicknesses. Our poor people have to sell goats or cows to meet transport and other costs in hospitals far from here,” he said.
He revealed that the president Yoweri Museveni made a few pledges in his campaign of 2016 that he would construct a hospital and as well complete the structures at Jangokoro Seed Secondary school and St. Aloysius College Nyapea which were not fulfilled.
A local in Paidha town, Grace Acikane, said: “Private health centers look at money as priority because when you do not have it, they don’t work on your patient well. At least once a government hospital is established; people would be relieved of some costs. Although the government hospitals are also faced with challenges of under-staffing and drug supplies, but it remains a necessity.”
The district leaders have already secured land near Zombo district headquarters for the construction of a hospital and are only waiting for approval of funding for the construction.