Pader DHO Arrested For Delaying Health Care Funds

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Police in Pader district have arrested Dr. Alex Olwedo, the District Health Officer over missing funds meant for Primary Health Care. The funds were meant to finance activities in Porogali Health center II in Latanya Sub County.

Police in Pader have arrested Dr. Alex Olwedo, the District Health Officer over missing funds meant for Primary Health Care. The funds were meant to finance activities in Porogali Health center II in Latanya Sub County.

Romeo Onek Ojara, Pader District Police Commander ordered the arrest. He later paraded  the District Health Officer at a meeting with communities of porogali village in Porogali Health center II to answer to charges of swindling more than 1.6 million Shillings meant for Primary Health Care.
 
The residents had gathered at the facility to dialogue on the poor state of health services at the health center.

Mark Atupa Novickson, the in charge of the health facility told the residents that the facility is struggling financially to perform its duties including carrying out primary health care responsibilities.
 
Atupa explained that he has never received the 1.3 million Shillings and 250,000 Shillings disbursed by USAID for Northern Uganda Health Integration for Enhanced Services (NUHITES) since he was deployed to the facility in February.
 
According to Atupa, the absence of the funds paralyzed vaccinations of children and general operations at the facility. He said most patients visiting the health facility were being referred to neighbouring Oguta Health Centre II for treatment.
 
His argument was quickly supported by other members of staff who attended the public dialogue and demanded that Betty Ongom, the former in charge of the facility and Alex Ociti, the NUHITES focal person in District Health Office be held accountable for delays in disbursing the funds.   
 
This prompted Romeo Onek Ojara, the Pader District Police Commander to order that Dr. Alex Layoo be arrested and brought to explain the delays and poor state of health services at the facility.
 
Dr. Layoo told the crowd that delays in disbursing funds to the facility resulted from the absence of a senior health assistant at the facility after Betty Ongom was transferred from the facility in February.
 
He apologised for delays in handling administrative formalities including changing signatories.