Cries as Men, Women Share Ward at Aduku Health Center IV

In- patient ward at Aduku Health Center IV being shared by men, women and children

Kwania District authorities and residents have cried out to the government to consider giving a facelift to Aduku Health Center IV.

Aduku Health Center IV is the biggest health facility in the district and receives patients from Kwania and the neighbouring Apac, Kole districts and some parts of Dokolo district.

Located in Olami cell in Ikwera ward in Aduku Town Council, Aduku health Center IV as a dispensary in the early 1940s with a general ward and an Out-Patient Department-OPD.

The district has not added any new structures at the health center since construction citing budget constraints.

Dr. Moses Ebong, the Kwania District Health Officer, says that currently, all patients share the same ward.

He noted that lumping men and women in the same ward is highly discouraged under medical practice.

Our reporter visited the general ward at Aduku Health Centre IV on Thursday and found a male patient laying among female and child patients.

Richard Omara, a resident of Acokoaola Village in Nambieso Sub-county in Kwania, who was nursing his ten-year-old son, decried the lack of privacy in the health center.

He appealed to the government to construct another building to mitigate the problem.

Teddy Adoch, another resident said sharing the ward with children is exposing the minors to infections.

Joan Abutu, the Kwania district Health and Education Secretary, said that the situation is abnormal and asked the central government to intervene in the matter.

Kwania District LC V Chairperson, Geoffrey Alex Ogwal Adyebo, noted that they have taken the necessary steps required to upgrade the facility.

He called for calm from residents, saying they are following up the matter with the line ministries.