Members on the Committee on Government Assurances were last weekend shocked by the poor state in which Abim Hospital is.
This was during the committee’s tour to the Karamoja sub region from Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th May 2015 to follow up on the different pledges made by government to the people of Karamoja.
The Acting Chief Administrative Officer of Abim district Mr. Nelson Olwit told the Committee that Abim Hospital didn’t have running water and was functioning without a medical doctor.
“Abim hospital for four years has not had any running water; patients have had to fetch water from outside the hospital, even during operations doctors use water that has been fetched by the medical staff,” Olwit said.
He added that because of the bad state in which the hospital is, the district had failed to attract any medical doctor, and is currently functioning without one.
The Committee Chairperson of Government Assurance Hon. Wadri Kassiano wondered how government could ignore such a hospital that serves the entire district of Abim.
“Abim Hospital was one of those that were put as a priority on the on-going rehabilitation process; other Hospital constructed under Obote regime have since been rehabilitated but Abim Hospital has been left out,” Kassiano said.
The Committee was also informed by the District Police Commander James Okabo that Abim District does not have a residing Magistrate, which made it hard for the district to enforce law and order in the district.
“Karamoja sub region has only one Chief Magistrate who resides in Moroto District, it is therefore difficult for the district to enforce law without any courts of law,” he said.
Among the unfulfilled pledges that came up during the committee tour was the coding of community schools that was promised by the Minister of Karamoja Affairs.
In the meeting with the district leadership of Kabong District, the Committee was informed by the District Chairperson LCV Joseph Komoi that it was hard for community schools to function because all the teachers on government payroll were ordered to stop teaching in the community schools.
“Our community schools teach over four thousand pupils yet the teachers were given a directive by the Ministry of Education to stop teaching in community schools so we are stranded as the district leadership,” the Chairperson said.
In another event about the compensation of the cows stolen from the protected Kraals under the UPDF, the Committee noted that in Kabong district the compensation process had started and so far the first payments had been made though the Kraals were still many compared to amount of compensation.
In other districts like Napak it was noted that compensation was going on successfully.
The Committee also noted that government had delayed tarmacking of the Abim, Lira, Kotido via Adwiri roads.