Pader locals asked to buy medical gloves for health centres’ use


A medical officer wears a glove. Photo Courtesy of NTV Uganda

To “my dismay, I was asked to go and buy hand gloves for the doctor from outside so that they could work on my wife,” Okello John, a resident of Lacekocot.

By Regina Lalam

Pader – 06, May 2021: Locals in Pader district have expressed their frustration because majority of them are required to buy medical related products that should have been provided free of charge by government. This they say “is because they pay taxes”.

Okello John, a resident of Lacekocot, Atanga town council in Pader district says to “my dismay, I was asked to go and buy hand gloves for the doctor from outside so that they could work on my wife”.

He added that this is really frustrating the locals who turn to health centers for services, but only to be told to buy things they know the government always provide.

When contacted, an in charge of a health center who preferred anonymity, said that “government used to give 50 boxes of gloves, but as of recently, we were given only one box”.

He added, “these gloves are used only once, one needs to change it” – he told this publications.

The in charge also said one box of gloves contain 100, and this is the number of gloves the government gave them.

“This is unrealistic for the whole health center to utilize without depletion,” he added.

The secretary of health for Pader district local government was unreachable for a comment since his number was off.

However, a health focal point person for the district, under condition of anonymity, confirmed the scarcity of the medical related equipment.

“The government has totally reduced the supplies to health facilities during the Covid-19 period including the financial help too,” she told TND News.


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