Serere district is grappling with the provision of emergency services due to the absence of a functional ambulance.
Joseph Opit Okojo, the Serere district LC V chairperson, says the three ambulances donated by area members of parliament and one procured by the district are currently all grounded.
He says they are unable to repair the ambulances donated by MPs because they don’t have money or logbooks for the vehicles.
“When the ambulances for the members of parliament break down, I see them parked in Serere and Soroti and the district has no authority over the four ambulances owned by MPs,” Opit explained.
He says the official district ambulance that was passed on to Serere by Soroti district in 2002 is too old and is now parked at Serere health centre IV. Opit says it is very expensive to repair and maintain the grounded ambulance because it is very old.
He explains that the district receives just Shs 7 each quarter which can’t finance the repair of the grounded ambulances. Geoffrey Okiswa, the Serere resident district commissioner, says the absence of a functional ambulance raises a big gap in service delivery.
Daniel Opio, a patient attendant at Serere hospital told our reporter that patients referred to Soroti Hospital have to foot their own transport bill.