The rising number of medical emergencies handled by Bukedea central police station has overwhelmed the force in the district, the District Police Commander has revealed.
Mr. Ezra Tugume while Speaking to Mama Bukedea Radio on Sunday said police in the district has lately been stretched by responses to emergencies especially from stranded expectant women in labor after they failed to get transport to the nearest health facility.
“The number is really many, last night alone I rescued two women from Malera, one was in labor pain while the other had other medical complications,” DPC Tugume said.
Mr. Tugume said the emergency cases have become a daily routine for the police in the district amidst the covid 19 lockdown, with at least four cases coming daily.
“There was a woman who gave birth right after I packed the police patrol pickup truck at her compound, and this comes as we are also expected to man our operations during this coronavirus lockdown,” the DPC said.
Ms Hellen Christine Acam one of the women who was helped from Ochekereni village said her husband tried to secure permission to move her to the health facility but failed as it was late in the night.
“The numbers we knew never went through so I later only saw the lights of a police pick up emerge otherwise I knew my life was in danger,” Ms Acham said as she held her baby boy which she had delivered at 1am from Atutur hospital on Sunday.
Another mother Ms Edida Lucy Amoding and her husband Opolot thanked police for their assistance but they asked the district authorities to provide proper emergency response at a time when motorcycles are not allowed to move.
“We shall lose women to child birth if we continue like this,”Ms Amoding warned.
This concern comes at a time after Bukedea district received Sh165m from government to help in the fight against the spread of Corona virus in the district.
The money was meant for surveillance, coordination, establishment of isolation centers and fuel allowance for the Task force members. The money was also for fueling of district ambulances and other government vehicles to run medical emergencies among other activities in the district. However all the district cars have since remained parked at the district headquarters.
Bukedea district has recently relied on two ambulances donated by woman MP Ms Anita Among and another given by MP Mr. John Bosco Ikojo. The ambulance which the district inherited after being curved out from Kumi in 2006 has since become defunct and cannot handle any emergencies.