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Residents protest over old hospital beds

By Melanie Aanyu

Residents of Kabarwa Sub-county in Bukedea have protested a move by the district leadership to deliver a consignment of old hospital beds and mattresses to the government health centre in the area.

Recently, the district health department headed by Mr Stephen Ikodet delivered 10 beds and 10 old mattresses to Kabarwa Health Centre III.

Mr Ikodet said the move was intended to address an emergency as they plan to procure more equipment for the health unit in the foreseeable future.

Despite the facility lacking enough beds, the residents said the move by the district leadership to give them used items is a mockery.

Mr Ben Angura, the Kabarwa Sub-county chairperson, revealed that they had written to the district requesting for hospital beds and mattresses but to their dismay, the best they could send them are old rusty beds.

Angura claimed that some of the donated mattresses have blood stains.
He said they will continue pushing for the betterment of their health unit.

Benjamin Ichomit, the sub-county councillor, said the decision to send the old items to the health unit is an indication that the district leadership does not prioritise their health facility.
He also claimed that some health workers at the health unit always abscond from work and there are no supervisory measures to curb this.