Residents of Zombo have called upon the government to build a hospital in the district to improve the delivery of health services.
The district, which was carved out of Nebbi District in 2010, mainly relies on ill-equipped health centres. According to district officials, most of the residents of Zombo are poor and cannot afford treatment at the private Nyapea Hospital.
Many patients whose ailments cannot be handled by the health centres are forced to travel more than 50 kilometres to access free health services in Nebbi Hospital or Arua Regional Referral Hospital.
Mr Ceaser Jacwic, a resident of Zombo town, said. “It has become too costly to go to either Nebbi or Arua districts and this puts the lives of patients at risk. The health centres alone cannot help much in case of other complicated health problems.”
The acting district health officer, Mr Sam Ajoga said Zombo has six government health centres III and seven health centres II.
District officials said ill-equipped health centres serve more than 20,000 people, including some patients from the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the private facility, Nyapea Hospital, the emergency rooms are jammed with patients waiting, sometimes for days, for doctors to treat them.
Zombo chairperson Emmy Kakura said the district council has tabled their concerns for discussion in Parliament.