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Nurses Abandon Critically Sick Patients To Attend Workshop

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AMUDAT: More than 100 patients at Abiliyep health centre II in Abiliyep sub county in Amudat district were Friday left alone to seek healing from God without being attended to physically by nurses who decided to leave them unattended and went to attend a workshop in Amudat district.

Patients ponder for the next step remaining unattended too at Abiliyep health centre II in Amudat district-PHOTO BY STEVEN ARIONG

A visit to the health facility which was built by office of the prime minister through Karamoja integrated development program under Dryland project found out patients languishing without any doctor or a nurse to attend to them.

Patients lying helplessly unattended too at Abiliyep health centre II in Amudat district- PHOTO BY STEVEN ARIONG

Paulino Cheruto one of the expectant mother said she had returned for her antenatal service but the nurse who was supposed to be on duty told her that she was going for a workshop.


A health facility which has a total of five staffs had no single staff on Friday present forcing patients to return back to their homes without being attended to.

“We really don’t know whether we have a government or we are part of Uganda government  because the way we are being treated as Pokots its inhuman”-Cheruto questions

Most of the patients who had turned up for treatment had signs of anemia, malaria and swollen stomachs and they were majorly children between 3 to 10 years.

“We have sat here since we came here by 9am up to now 4pm we have not seen any nurse and the worst thing is that all the offices including the pharmacy with drugs were all open”-Cheruto further says.

Rtd Major Betty Akello Otekat the Resident District Commissioner Amudat who was accompanied by the district intelligence officer Amudat got shocked to find out that health workers had left patients for the workshop.

“Imagine all of them left, the facility forgetting to padlocking the faculty doors which is very dangerous”-said the RDC

Dr Patrick Sagaki the acting district health officer Amudat when contacted by the RDC to find out why all the staffs left the facility, he said he was not aware that the facility was empty and promised to find out why the staff all left the facility.

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