July 16, 2013

IDP Health Centers Left to Waste Away

Seven health centers that were built for former Internally Displaced People in Gulu district are wasting away. The health centers were built three years ago with funding from the Peace Recovery and Development Plan-PRDP project to provide health services to former Internally Displaced People who were returning to their homes after spending close to two decades in camps.

They are Abwoch Health Center II, Ongako, Oyitino in Bungatira, Pawela, Lukwi and Angaya Health Center in Unyama Sub-county.

Two others Tekulu and Tegot in Bobi Sub-county are also wasting away as a result of failing to get a single medical supply over the past two years. The seven health centers that are fully furnished are now overgrown with grass as there are no attendants in place. Isaac Ojok, the Gulu District Health Services Secretary says the health centers were built after the former IDPs identified access to health services as a major challenge affecting their resettlement.

Ojok explains that the National Medical Stores-NMS has not made any supplies to the health centers since they were built. He says they made a visit to the Ministry of Health on 15th of March to establish why the health centers were not getting supplies. He explains that they met the Commissioner for Health Services Dr. Jackson Amona who promised that drugs would be delivered by the end of the financial year 2012/2013. However, to date no supply has been received.

Dr. Paul Onek, the Gulu District Health Officer-DHO says they have done all what they can including taking photographs of the health centers and the staff who man them but they have got no response from National Medical Stores. Onek says the health centers were approved by the Ministry of Health but the National Medical Stores has failed to supply them with drugs.

Among the worst affected are expectant mothers and the elderly.

Dan Kimosho, the Spokesperson of National Medical Stores could not be reached by the time of filing this report.

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