BY DOUGLAS OLUM
Allan Galpin Health Centre is procuring another ambulance.
This was revealed by the Uganda Christian University (UCU) Director of Health Services Dr Geoffrey Rwabaingi-Mulindwa while he was making a health awareness presentation at Nkoyoyo Hall on Tuesday, June 12.
Dr Mulindwa said the current ambulance has been challenging to access in many cases, yet it is critical in health service delivery.[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="388"] The old ambulance parked outside the health center[/caption]
“The way you transport a person who is unwell may deteriorate their health condition. You do not need to carry a person who is having difficulty breathing anyhow,” Dr Mulindwa said.
He however regretted the inaccessibility of the ambulance service that could have been experienced by many in the past.
“Sometimes people ask for it when it is not in good mechanical condition, or when it is in the garage or has been assigned somewhere else. However, we are in the process of acquiring a new one so that we give the old one to Kampala Campus,” he added.
“The process of procuring a new ambulance is in advanced stages. A 50 percent down payment has been made by the University administration. Factory assembly is on-going and delivery is expected by September,” Dr Mulindwa said.
Dr Mulindwa added that much as the old ambulance is still in a good working condition, the university is procuring another one with more advanced technology for better health service delivery.
“Due diligence has been undertaken by all stakeholders. We expect an ambulance with state-of-the-art, in-built life support accessories, to minimise worsening of injuries. For instance, it will come equipped with fracture boards, among other things,” he added.
Some students however, think that instead of purchasing another ambulance, stand-by drivers should be brought on board.
“The university should address the question of ambulance drivers. There are times when we are faced with emergencies but a driver is not available. In 2016, we had inter-class game and our goalkeeper was badly injured. When we called for the ambulance, it took very long to come because the driver was not nearby,” says Kwesiga Ashaba Ahebwa, a second year student of Bachelor of Accounting and Finance.