Lamwo Health Center Operating With Only One Nurse.

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41- year -old Binancio Okello, a resident of Madikiloc parish says the presence of only a single health worker has made it extremely difficult for them to access medical services at the facility.

Madikiloc Health Center II in Biwang Parish, Padibe West Sub County in Lamwo district is struggling with an acute shortage of medical workers. Lillian Lanyero, the in-charge of Madikiloc health center II says she is the only health worker left at the facility after her colleague went on a month long annual leave last week. According to Lanyero, one of the only two nurses employed at the facility took up employment with Kitgum hospital.

She says Lamwo district has failed to recruit additional four health workers to bring the number to the required seven. Lanyero explains that the second nurse went on a month long leave after the third nurse took up a better paying job at Kitgum Hospital. She says to serve the large number of expectant mothers turning up for antenatal care and patients requiring treatment at the facility, she takes a brief break at 7PM before returning to deliver expectant mothers at night.

41- year -old Binancio Okello, a resident of Madikiloc parish says the presence of only a single health worker has made it extremely difficult for them to access medical services at the facility. Okello says their repeated requests for more health workers have not yielded any results. Martin Otto Ateng, the Padibe West sub county chairperson confirms the staff shortage at the facility, which he says serves a large catchment area. He claims to have received information indicating that the cleaner dispenses drugs when the only midwife is busy attending to expectant mothers in the maternity ward.

Otto says patients converge at the facility from remote areas of Palabek Gem and Palabek Kal sub counties while others come from as far as Akwang Sub County in neighboring Kitgum district. According to Otto, the nearest health unit from Madikiloc Parish is Padibe Health center IV, located 14 kilometers away. He says the long distance is to blame for the large number of patients and drug shortages at Madikiloc Health center.

Dr. Charles Oyoo Akiya, the Lamwo district Health Officer told Uganda Radio Network that Padibe West Health Center III was opened in March to ease the pressure on Madikiloc Health center II. Dr. Akiya wonders why the large turn up at Madikiloc Health Center II has not yet significantly reduced since the opening of Padibe West Health Center III. He says the district is waiting for authorization from the ministry of health to replace the health workers that left the facility.