The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon. Betty has urged government to fully take charge of treating Children under 10 years as many of them cannot afford proper medical care
Hon. Aol who is the MP-elect for Gulu City made the appeal on Wednesday while visiting the Children Ward at Gulu regional referral hospital.
“I appeal to government to take over full responsibility for Children under 10 years. Whether it’s special operation, critical test among others.’’ Said Hon. Aol
She added that many Children who have complicated conditions like heart disease, Cancer among others come from very poor families and cannot afford specialized treatment
“I am happy for the Cancer institute that is being brought here in Northern Uganda that will help treat Children and poor people from the region who cannot afford to go for special treatment at Mulago National referral hospital.’’
Hon. Aol told journalists that she is often overwhelmed with people flocking to seek for medical help from her place.
At the Children ward were two Children age 10 and 2 years respectively who had been brought with heart complications.
According to Anek Grace, 53, grandmother to the child with a rheumatic heart condition, they have been transferred at Uganda Heart institute in Kampala but they don’t have transport to go to the hospital
Another 2-year-old girl only identified as Agenorwot, has a condition referred by doctors as, Cardiomyopathy, which is caused by a virus.
She too, needs special treatment at Heart Institute, but the mother who hails from Agago district said she cannot raise money to go to Mulago because she is very poor
The LOP also visited the Sickle cell clinic at the hospital where it was found that the number of patients with sickle cell is on the increase.
According to Esther Atim stella, the In-charge of the clinic, they normally lack laboratory reagents for testing because they have overwhelming number of people who visit the clinic on a daily basis.
The Ministry of health has designed many Policies for Children under five and ten which include; Maternal and new-born policies, National integrated early childhood development policy among others