Community uses wheelbarrow as ambulance

By Kidega Livingstone

The community of Yapa Boma in defunct Lobonok County uses wheelbarrow to transport sick and pregnant mothers to the Heath Centre at the county headquarters in Lobonok.

Quirino Morbe, the Chief of Yapa Boma said the health centre in the area lacks essential drugs and ambulance that forced the community to use the wheelbarrow as a means of transporting sick persons.

In an interview with Juba Monitor, Morbe revealed that the heath situation in the area was dire because the health Centre there has no drugs and vehicle or ambulance for referral.

“Our health centre is empty; there are no drugs apart from Panadol though we have some few medical personnel. Even first aid alone is not there, now the lives of the community is at risk,” Morbe told Juba Monitor in a telephone interview yesterday.

There are over 400 households in Yapa Boma and from Yapa to Lobonok Health Centre is more than 10 kilometers according to the area Chief Morbe.

In another development, Morbe told Juba Monitor that there was no awareness on the coronavirus pandemic in the area and the community has not been following the preventive measures put in place by the Ministry of Health.

“We hear about the coronavirus through radios but our community here doesn’t have the preventive materials because nobody is providing,” said Morbe.

On the issue of insecurity, Morbe said Yapa area was peaceful because people were doing their normal farming activities that have not been interrupted by armed men.

“There is no problem here in terms of insecurity, the whole Boma is peaceful, we do not have any problem,” said Morbe.

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