Absence of Equipment Cripples Theatre Operations at Lira Health Units

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Dr Edmon Acuke, the Deputy Health Officer Lir District says the theater operations stopped due to lack of adequate equipment and staff.

The absence of equipment and personnel has crippled surgical operations at Amach and Ogur health center IVs in Lira district. Information from the district health office shows that, the theaters at the two health centers stopped functioning in 2000. As a result, many of the patients who were meant to receive surgical operations Amach and Ogur health center IVs end up at Lira Regional Referral hospital leading to congestion.

Dr Edmon Acuke, the Deputy Health Officer Lira District says the theater operations stopped due to lack of adequate equipment and staff. He says that medical officers who were employed to operate the theaters left for better jobs with Non governmental organization. Denis Otim Otoo,  Assistant Chief Administrative officer Lira announced two weeks ago that they had budgeted to the heaters at Ogur and Amach health Center IVs.

He however, says the theaters will remain closed until the district acquires the necessary equipment. Dr William Onyang, the acting director Lira referral hospital says they are overwhelmed by simple surgeries, which would have been handled at the two health centers.  He appeals to the district to do whatever is possible to ensure the theaters at the two health centers resume operating.

Michael Ochora, the  communication officer for Northern Uganda Health Integration to enhance service project says they are considering donating medical equipment to the health centers. Ochora is optimistic that the equipment will help facilitate the theater operations. 

Joseph Okello, a resident of Amac Sub County in Lira district appeals to the authorities to help restore the theater operations to save them the trouble of traveling to Lira referral for simple surgery.

He says many residents find it very difficult to travel to Lira Referral hospital because of the costs involved. 

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.