800 Sage Beneficiaries Die In Karamoja Top story

2897 Views Abim, Uganda

In short
Statistics availed to Uganda Radio Network, for the sub region from the Gender Ministry outlines death in the last 36 months, indicates that by July 2014 Amudat district had lost 64, Nakapiripirit 306, Napak 199 and Moroto 119 elders since the inception of the programme in September 2011.

About 800 elders under the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) have passed on in Karamoja in the last three years, with the largest number from Nakapiripirit and Moroto districts.
 
Statistics availed to Uganda Radio Network, for the sub region from the Gender Ministry outlines death in the last 36 months, indicates that by July 2014 Amudat district had lost 64, Nakapiripirit 306, Napak 199 and Moroto 119 elders since the inception of the programme in September 2011.
 
SAGE officials attribute the deaths to the eldery persons weak body immune system because of enduring hunger, consuming excessive alcohol and age among others.
 
Moses Odoch, the Management Information System Manager the SAGE programme at the Gender Ministry describes the deaths as sad.
 
He says,
 
//cue in:  "Really,
Cue out:  .this problem."//
 
//cue in:  "One of,
Cue out:   .information."//
 
Mark Musooka, the District Chairperson Moroto confirms having received the death reports. He explains that out of the registered 4,020 elders in the district, they had also registered 178 new cases in the last eight months.
 
//cue in:  "Unfortunately,
Cue out:   .late age."//
 
Musooka advises the elderly to use the funds profitably to ensure that they enjoy the fruits of old age.
 
He says,
 
//cue in:  "The death,
Cue out:    .of this money."//
 
Joseph Abura, the South Karamoja Anglican Bishop says a clear explanation is required by health workers to ascertain the cause of death. He adds that elders all over the country have to be told how to handle their health and aging.
 
Karamoja sub region has a total of 20,921 beneficiaries enrolled under the pilot Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment. The scheme facilitates elderly Ugandans who are eligible for a monthly stipend under a pilot social system that helps elders meet basic needs.

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.