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Monday, December 25, 2017


The pregnant woman, Jamila Faidah, sits in the boot of the taxi to be taken to the hospital to deliver. Photo credit: Ronald Muhinda

Ambulances and paramedics provide the best care for patients in developed countries.  Pet owners aren’t left out; there are animal ambulances to ensure the safety and comfort of animals when sick, but in Africa, the story is entirely different.

There are so many hospitals in Africa with poor health facilities without an ambulance, giving the opportunity to individuals to operate private ambulance services. This sounds like a joke but it's a fact. The lack of ambulance in African hospitals has led to the increase of deaths.

On December 19, 2017, 'Daily Monitor, an African newspaper published a story captioned 'Man transports pregnant wife to the hospital in a car boot.'

The pregnant woman became one of the victims of the struggling health services in the country when her husband put her in the boot of a car before transporting her to Adjumani Hospital to deliver.

The man only identified as Abata said he hired the vehicle, a Toyota G- Touring, to transport his expectant wife, Jamila Faidah to the hospital, after failing to get an ambulance.

According to the eyewitnesses, Faidah initially sat with her husband in the passenger’s seat but felt uncomfortable and was then taken to the boot.

As some of the hosts of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, Adjumani and Moyo districts still grapple with overpopulation, hence the uneven distribution of social services in terms of education, health, and other basic needs. 

It is about 50 kilometers from Moyo to Adjumani. One has to travel to the White Nile by road and then get onto a ferry to cross to Moyo District.

Adjumani health centers are in most cases full of refugees rendering it difficult to access services in time. Residents say many mothers who cannot access the facility have delivered on the roadsides.

Amba SK Joseph, the LCI of Eraji village in Adjumani during an interview with Daily Monitor last week pointed to the lack of equipment in the health centers as the main causes of death of pregnant mothers.

“We don’t have enough equipment in the health facilities, so the pregnant mothers either resort to local delivery methods or they end up giving birth on the way. Some have actually died due to lack of help,” he said.


Does it really make sense for Africans to experience such fragile medical system when the continent has enough mineral resources that can enhance both the medical and educational sectors?

Among world leaders, African leaders are the less respected because no continent on earth can compare its resources with what Africa has, yet the continent is far behind development which is always blamed on corruption. 

Africa is a famous continent not because of any significant achievements but because of oppression, slavery, corruption, Apartheid, colonialism, HIV-Aids, and Ebola. 

The sad part of the story is all the countries which those human tragedies and medical crimes took place have leaders but no African leader has raised his voice to demand answers from those responsible in Europe and America.

The ex-Libyan leader, Muammar Qaddafi, was one of the most effective leaders in Africa. He put corruption aside and turned Libya's desert to paradise, with employment and benefits better than what is in Europe and America to the Libyan citizens.

Afriqiyah, the Libyan airlines, was one of the cheapest from Europe to Africa, usually joined by even Europeans and Americans. Yet African leaders watched without a word as the country being destroyed by the US government.

Today, Libya is in ruins and Africans in transit in search of greener pastures are being sold into slavery. African leaders can now understand it better the reason the advanced world has no respect for them.

No one should blame the North Korean leader for behaving in this way. He doesn't want to be an African leader to be treated like a garbage in a trash can by the US government.

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