Kaabong Hospital Patients Battle Bed Bugs

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In short
Patience Ojok, a senior nursing officer at the hospital acknowledges the presence of bed bugs in the wards, saying they have tried to fumigate the wards in vain.

Patients in several wards in Kaabong hospital are battling bedbug infestation. The most infested include the pediatric, male and the female wards.
 
The infestation has forced admitted patients to abandon the facility during the night and only to return in the morning hours for treatment. One of the patients identified as Napeyok, says sleeping in the ward is a nightmare.
 
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Patience Ojok, a senior nursing officer at the hospital acknowledges the presence of bed bugs in the wards, saying they have tried to fumigate the wards in vain.

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Dr. Sharif Nalibe, the Kaabong District Health Officer, says arrangements are underway to get rid of the blood sucking insects. Although bed bugs don't carry disease, they feed on human blood during the night.

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.