The state of the maternity ward at Otwee health Centre III in Otwee town council, Amuru district is sickening as it has no lightings, no placenta pit, no window curtains and no sanitary towels for mothers and the wash room pipes are blocked.
Birth attendants and mid wives at the health Centre use torch lights at night during child birth because there is no lighting system as the only functioning solar batteries broke down three years ago.
Innocent Alanyo an enrolled mid wife at the health facility says they carry birth placentas openly as the only placenta pit is outside the health Centre premises fence. She notes that this is not safe for community health.
There are ailing sanitation problems as water pipes at the ward are also blocked and birth blood and water logs in the ward, there are also no sanitary towels provided for mothers at the ward during birth.
Robert Obalim the In-Charge of the health Centre says the health Centre also experiences challenges of transport because it has no vehicle for making referrals and for emergencies. He notes that they advise patients to use private transport means because they cannot provide.
The Kilak South Member of Parliament Gilbert Olanya expressed shock over the problems. He has offered to donate shillings four Hundred Thousand (400.000) shillings for the health facility to repair the broken solar batteries and restore light at the health facility.
Richard Komakech the Amuru town council chairman says the council will immediately construct a placenta pit at the health Centre to amend the problem of placenta disposals.
Gilbert Olanya over the weekend launched a free distribution of basins to all mothers in Kilak south who give birth at health facilities to improve on sanitation.
Amuru district currently has only two ambulances. One is at Attiak Health Centre IV while one was donated by Gilbert Olanya.
By Emmy Daniel Ojara.Amuru.