The Ministry of Health has received three ambulances to ease hospital access in the three West Nile districts of Pakwach, Madi-Okollo and Obongi.
The ambulances, according to statement by the Health Ministry on Friday, were procured with the support from the international partners: United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and Swedish International Development Cooperation.
“The ambulances procured with the support from UNICEF and SIDA will be deployed in Pakwach, Madi-Okollo and Obongi Districts to support timely referral and transportation of women and children with complications to health facilities,” said the statement.
The three districts, like many others in the rural areas, have transport constraints occasioned by both inadequate household income and poor infrastructure.
“Many of the delays are due to lack of transportation, lack of funds to pay for transport, poor road infrastructure and poor communication networks. In the three youngest districts of West Nile – Pakwach, Madi-Okollo and Obongi, the situation is not different,” added the statement.
The safe mobility means are critically going to address the constraints and present quick access for those in need and also save lives.
“The support will therefore significantly address delays in accessing transport for mothers and children, with complications and residing in remote places to ensure they access health facilities in time, as well as support inter-facility referrals for emergency cases,” said the statement.
The Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Health appreciated the timely support from UNICEF and the Government of Sweden in improving health service delivery in the country.