Nwoya district chairperson, Patrick Okello Oryema, has been accused of hijacking an ambulance meant for the district hospital putting patients in critical condition and those who require emergency referral at risk.
A report by the district council General Purpose committee says that the district LC5 chairperson has taken over a Land cruiser registration number LG0048 – 71 that Unicef donated to Anaka hospital under a program to help reduce child and maternal deaths. The vehicle was previously used as an ambulance before Oryema opted to turn it into his official car.
Gertrude Adong, the chairperson of the committee in her report asked that the few available vehicles in the district should be shared for the key district activities.
Joseph Olango, the District Health Officer said it was true that the health sector in the district is short of transport means following the take-over of the ambulance by the political leadership. He said the hospital now relies on another ambulance meant to serve Purongo Sub County.
In his defense, Oryema said there was a general constraint of resources in the district adding that they have devised a way of sharing the little they have to serve the district activities. He said the district has allocated UGX120 million under the PRDP to procure a double-cabin pick up to help improve the transport capacity in the district.
Oryema explained that their effort to procure the vehicle hit a snag when only one supplier responded to their advert and yet the PPDA regulations require that the process has to be competitive meaning more bidders should take part.
He however added that the problem is not peculiar to only Nwoya but a general concern especially for the newly created districts, which lack resources. Nwoya district became operational in July 2010 after it was curved out of Amuru district itself created in 2006 from Gulu district.
Critics say the fights over the little or no resources present a dilemma in the new district creations meant to improve service delivery to the population.