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MP Oseku donates ambulance to Kibale

By Nathan Ngobi & Lawrence Okwakol

Richard Oseku Oriebo the Kibale county member of parliament in Pallisa district sparked  Christmas excitement among local residents when he donated and delivered a new ambulance to  help  the health sector more so during this covid 19 pandemic period.

Registration number plate UBK 103R, MP Oseku delivered the van and told the locals authorities use the vehicle without discrimination to  all locals.

“The vehicle is for free , no charging needy patients and it is aimed at reducing the cost of transporting patients from Butebo area to better health facilities like Mbale, and Mulago Kampala” Oseku told the gathering at Butebo who turned up to grace the delivery function..

Robert Okia a resident of Akipany village in Opwateta sub county said the ambulance is going to save lives and cut transport costs of hiring vehicles for critical patients.

Okia said that formerly  people could sell  their gardens for raising money to hire a car for taking patients for treatment and review which could take them years to get whether a patient dies or survives.

Rose Asio from Otamirio village  said the authorities of sub counties of Opwateta, Kibale and Kibale town council should open community access roads to enable the ambulance reach to the patients or victims living in hard to reach areas.

“All people are happy but women are more excited because their lives have been at risk when it comes reaching to  Kibale health center III or Pallisa general hospital in case of referrals  but now even if it means fueling the ambulance at 20,000 it’s better and safer”, Asio said.

Joseph Olupot of Omaulon trading center in Kibale town council said given the high number of registered accidents along Pallisa- Kumi road the ambulance is going to be of help.

” I challenged cyclists to be more careful on the smooth tarmac road because it is not good to have people dying from avoidable incidences “, Olupot said.

Daniel Oryem the Kibale town council district councilor said since the out break  of COVID19 pandemic Oseku intervened and decongested the treatment room in Kibale health center III when he constructed immunization center.

Butebo locals asked  Moses Okiror the Kibale health center III in charge  to avail contacts of the ambulance driver to the communities for  easy access during need. .

Okiror said the challenge of picking patients from home and referring has been in the hands of their relatives and family members but with the availability of the ambulance it is a matter of phone call .

“Health center IIIs are not allocated transport by the ministryof health  but with this support from our area MP Oseku  referrals would be  easily handled.”, Okiror said.

Acquinas Outa the parish priest of Kamuge Olinga parish who prayed for the ambulance thanked Oseku for supporting the church when he bought them motorcycles for the catechists.

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