Erute North Member of Parliament, Charles Angiro Gutmoi came face to face with Uganda’s ailing health system when his car crushed into a Fuso truck along Gulu-Kampala highway, Wednesday morning.
Gutmoi, was returning to Kampala in his Toyota Noah UAV, 089G when the incident happened. The injured legislator however narrates that it took police hours to come to the scene of the accident despite personally making some calls.
Gutmoi got shocked when after a long wait, was taken to Kyirandongo hospital only to be told there is no medicine.
“It happened at 3;00 am, just after I had crossed Karuma near the army barracks when a Fuso Truck flashed heavy lights the next thing I heard was the crushing,” Gutmoi narrates painfully.
He claims he was rescued by good Samaritans and the occupants of the FUSO Truck number UAJ 730U, who helped cut him out of his wrecked vehicle.
“I told them to cut off the door at that time I felt pain in my leg, it is then that I realized there was a problem, it took police one whole hour to come to my rescue,” he narrates.
Gutmoi says he was driven to Kiryandongo Hospital but to his astonishment, there was hardly any first aid the hospital could offer him because they had run out of drugs.
“I made a few calls and a decision was taken to have me evacuated to Mulago for better treatment.”
The MP however was just started a journey of discovery, on suggesting he be transferred to Mulago hospital, he was told to foot the fuel of the ambulance.
Patrick Todi the in-charge surgical ward Kiryandongo hospital says, they ran out of sundries so had to improvise to deliver the MP to a better facility.
“The MP fueled the ambulance with 80 litres and we brought him here, we are doing bad we don’t have anything to use not even gloves,”Todi said.
At Mulago, the legislator was received by the Executive Director, Mulago Dr Byarugaba Baterana, Health minister for primary health care Moriku Kaducu and senor orthopedic consultant Dr Bangirana Alexander.
Bagirana said the legislator was out of danger but had sustained an open fracture.
But soon, the legislator was also given different news, authorities including the Hospital head and the minister who received him said the facility has run out of sundries to handle emergencies.
“Right now we have nothing, we have run out of sundries to handle emergencies, we are over stretched, we are handling accident victims, and even other cases like domestic violence where victims present with emergencies,” Dr Byarugaba said.
This comes just a few days after over 23 people perished in a nasty accident that occurred in Kiryandongo when a Gaaga bus collided with a tractor before ramming into trailer truck that was parked by the roadside.