Kiryandongo Accident Victim Needs UGX 50m for Treatment

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In short
A mother who lost her child in the Kiryandongo bus accident is stuck at Nsambya hospital with a 51 million Shillings bill.

A mother who lost her child in the Kiryandongo bus accident is stuck at Nsambya hospital with a 51 million Shillings bill.  The 32 year old is recieving treatment for multiple trauma and traumatic head injury  at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

She sustained injuries in a Friday evening accident involving Gaaga bus, a lorry and tractor. Up to 23 lost their lives in the accident. Government declared three days of mourning, and financially contributed three million Shillinhs fot each of the survivors.

However some of the patients are struggling to meet the cost of their treatment.
Felix Okot Ogong, the Dokolo South MP and Chairperson Lango parliamentary group says Apio is bedridden together with two of her biological children, yet the family cannot afford the hospital bill.

Okot Ogong made the statement on Tuesday as Parliament debated road safety challenges in the country. Ogong asked government to intervene and help the families, since the operation is expensive.

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State Minister for Health Joyce Mary Kaducu, says they are aware of Apio's case and that the governmeng is working together with the Executive Director of Nsambya Hospital  to have the fees reduced.She says another of Apio's relatives also needs 11 million Shillings for her treatment.

Kaducu says the management of Nsambya hospital has pledged to revise the cost.She says if this does not work, at a later stage the Ministry will see if they can meet the entire cost. 

" He committed to institute a committee to look into that cost and to revise it, so that they are able to charge the patient appropriately, that is what I can report" Kaducu said.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

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