Amuria Hospitals Operate With Only One Doctor

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In short
Amuria Hospitals have been forced to operate with only one doctor in the district and most patients are being referred to Soroti Regional Hospital. Ketty Akol, a district councilor representing Okungur, Obalanga and Kapelebyong sub counties told Uganda Radio Network that, they have only one doctor offering services in Amuria district.

Amuria Hospitals have been forced to operate with only one doctor in the district and most patients are being referred to Soroti Regional Hospital.
 
Ketty Akol, a district councilor representing Okungur, Obalanga and Kapelebyong sub counties told Uganda Radio Network that, they have only one doctor offering services in Amuria district.
 
Akol explained that two doctors in Amuria and moved to Katakwi district after they were recruited in the district.
 
She appeals to the district to recruit more doctors.
 
Akol Kapelebyong health centre IV does not have a doctor. Kapelebyong health centre is run by a clinical officer.
 
People in Amuria district have to travel to Soroti to the referral hospital if they need serious medical attention.
 
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Dr. Raymond Malinga, the District Health Officer (DHO), Amuria district, says there is the ratio of one doctor to 1,700 patients (1:1,700).
 
He believes Amuria could have a population of 441,200.
 
Malinga says Amuria district situation is alarming because most other counties have a ratio of one doctor to 300 patients.
 
Amuria has 16 sub counties with two health centre IVs which are supposed to be up graded to hospitals.
 
Malinga says Amuria Health Centre IV alone needs to have four doctors offering their services.
 
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Malinga declined to talk about the whereabouts of the doctors who are supposed to be stationed in Amuria district.
The medics are Dr. Raymond Malinga, Dr.Nick Okwii, Dr. Pataleo Epachu and Dr. Silver Eumu.
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But according to a source who declined to be named told URN that all the doctors in Amuria left to pursue further studies.
 
Harriet Akiding, Deputy CAO, Amuria district told URN that, there are three doctors in  Amuria district.
 
Akiding noted that, Dr. Okwii went back to school, Dr. Epachu has also just returned from school and is waiting for promotion.
 
She said Epachu was formerly a clinical officer serving in Amuria Health Centre IV and has been promoted to the post of a doctor.
 
Akiding also explained that, the two doctors who left Amuria district in the past three month were not on pay role but were surviving on allowances.
 
She says Amuria district has been given a mandate to recruit two more doctors. 

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.