KOBOKO. The residents of Koboko Municipality on Saturday thronged the streets of Koboko town marching with the excitement of a brand-new Ambulance donated by their area MP, Evelyn Anite to help them in accessing health services with ease.
Anite who doubles as the Minister of Investment and Privatization also promised to fuel the Ambulance for any local in need to use.
Many residents especially the women said the Ambulance has come timely since transport has been their biggest challenge, particularly during labour.
Fatuma Sibili, a mother of four and a resident of Ombachi in Koboko North Division commended Anite for the donation, saying she nearly lost her fourth child at birth due to lack of fuel.
“I experienced terrible complications when I was giving birth to my fourth child at Koboko hospital. Doctors referred me to Arua regional referral hospital but there was no fuel in the Ambulance at the hospital. They asked my husband to buy fuel but he had no money not until the baby came out with a deformed head,” Sibili painfully narrated.
“Today I’m very happy for Anite because I know many women out there will benefit very much from this Ambulance,” Sibili said.
Rajab Fadula, another resident said it is very rare for a politician to donate an Ambulance and also offer free fuel on top.
She said what Anite has done will never be forgotten in the history of Koboko because it is the first time, they are receiving such an offer.
Fadula urged the people of Koboko Municipality to continue supporting Anite so that many of such donations and other developmental projects can be realized in the area.
“This is an original Ambulance and the real focus is for the pregnant women. The pain has been that the women give birth, they end up with traditional birth attendants as opposed to coming to the main hospital not because they don’t want but because sometimes the labour starts them when they are at the village level,” Anite said.
“So, when it starts there, transport becomes a problem for them. I, therefore, bought this Ambulance to strengthen on the government’s effort on ground. I’m going to put fuel in this Ambulance and maintain it so that women and their children can be rushed to the hospital quickly in case of an emergency,” Anite added.