ADJUMANI. Adjumani district council has paid special tribute to the fallen senior civil servant Sr. Ann Mary Adunia, the former assistant district health officer in charge of maternal health, nursing and child health.
In her eulogy during a special council sitting on Thursday, the Adjumani district secretary for health Ms Rose Raleo hailed the departed Sr. Adunia for accomplishing what she termed as the ‘impossible assignments’ during her tenure in office.
“The late did not only improve services in the health department but also put the district on the national map for excellent performance,” Raleo stated.
“The deceased, as we all know, exhibited a true professional image of what an ideal health worker should be; loving, caring and always available to those who sought her services,” Raleo stressed.
In his remarks, Mr John Anyanzo, the district vice chairman said all the proposals which have been made in regard to the fallen health worker will be taken in consideration, adding that the district will implement what is within its means.
Dr George Bhoka, the Adjumani district health officer observed that the death of late Adunia occurred at a critical time when her services are needed most.
He added that her demise is at a critical period when considerable efforts have been directed towards fighting the covid-19 pandemic.
The Adjumani district chairman, Mr James Leku labelled the late as a ‘skilled and priceless’ civil servant who dedicated her time to serving the people of Adjumani with passion and love.
Leku pledged that the district will expedite the process of processing her benefits, saying the late will be among the heroes of the country who have passed on during the critical time of fighting pandemics.
He equated her to Dr. Lukwiya who died while battling Ebola pandemic in Lacor hospital, Gulu district.
The grieving members of the council proposed that several ongoing construction projects be named in her memory for job well executed while describing the late, as a servant with high integrity, a sense of humor and a hero who died at the battle front of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Peter Taban Data, the Adjumani resident district commissioner (RDC) said the country has lost a very irreplaceable cadre of the health department.
Adunia who died at the age of 50 joined Adjumani district local government on June 1, 2000 as a nursing officer grade 1 and was confirmed in 2003.
In 2009, she was offered promotional appointment to the position of assistant district health officer maternal, nursing and child health.
In 2012, Adunia was assigned to act as the district health officer, a task she held until 2017.
She relinquished the position when the district council employed a substantive district health officer.
Sr. Adunia breathed her last on May 26, 2020 at 6:30pm shortly after being admitted at the Adjumani general referral hospital private wing. The cause of her death is yet to be made public.