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St Mary's Hospital Lacor in Gulu has been given a golden medal by the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) in appreciation for its invaluable support to the army in its fight against the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
The Chief of Defense Forces General Aronda Nkayairima personally handed over the award to the director of the hospital Dr Cyprian Opira at a ceremony held at the hospital last evening.
Gen Nyakairima also handed over 150 pieces of mosquito-nets to pregnant mothers admitted to the hospital.
The army chief hailed the staff and management of the hospital for working selflessly during the insurgency to treat wounded patients including UPDF soldiers. He said their efforts enabled wounded soldiers return quickly to the battle lines which enabled the insurgency to be beaten off.
The Army Commander urged other health workers to emulate the selflessness of the Lacor medical staff and decried the attitude of some medical workers who think of money first instead saving lives.
Gen Nyakairima, who was accompanied by UPDF Deputy Director of Medical Services Brig Dr Charles Lwanga and the 4th Division Commander Brig Charles Otema Awany, also visited the graves of Dr Mathew Lukwiya, Dr Piero, and Dr Lucile Corti where they paid their respects.
Brig Otema assured the staff of Lacor that they would never again treat the patients from gunshot wounds because the LRA has been defeated.
Lacor hospital, run by the Catholic Church, is the biggest and most crucial medical facility in northern Uganda.