Transport Challenge Hits Attiak Health Centre IV.

Attiak Health Centre IV in Amuru district is battling transport challenges after its only ambulance broke down in October last year.
Attiak Health Centre IV in Attiak Sub County is the biggest health facility in Amuru district serving people from Elegu bordering South Sudan, parts of Adjumani district and parts of people from Nimule in South Sudan.
Samuel Akera, the chairperson health management committee at the health centre says the ambulance was grounded after involving in an accident along Gulu-Nimule highway in October.
He explains that patients and attendants currently foot transport bills for referrals to the nearest Gulu Main Hospital and St Mary`s Hospital Lacor all in Gulu district which is about 70 kilometers away.
Transport fare for public means cost between 15,000 and 20,000 shillings according to Vicky Akwero a resident of Attiak Trading Centre.
Attiak Women Councilor, Alice Ekanya says the most affected categories of people are pregnant mothers who have birth complications and require referrals to better health facilities.
She noted that there is urgent need for repairing the damaged ambulance or purchasing a new one by the district.
Amuru district chairperson, Michael Lakony explains that they only depend on three ambulances donated by their area members of parliaments, Gilbert Olanya and Anthony Akol.
He says the district will consider repairing the grounded ambulance but are still short of funds.
By Emmy Daniel Ojara.Amuru.

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