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Accident victims need special care

By Vision Reporter

Added 18th August 2008 03:00 AM

Letter of the day

EDITOR—I refer to the picture of a half-naked murdered woman in Bukedde of August 11.
The body of the woman was carried to the police truck with each officer holding a limb! This echoes a similar picture I saw on WBS some time back.

Letter of the day

EDITOR—I refer to the picture of a half-naked murdered woman in Bukedde of August 11.
The body of the woman was carried to the police truck with each officer holding a limb! This echoes a similar picture I saw on WBS some time back.

Letter of the day

EDITOR—I refer to the picture of a half-naked murdered woman in Bukedde of August 11.
The body of the woman was carried to the police truck with each officer holding a limb! This echoes a similar picture I saw on WBS some time back.

An injured student was carried from Makerere University main gate and thrown on a Police pick-up truck! This is utter disrespect for human life and dignity. Can’t the Government of Uganda afford stretchers and good first aid services for injured persons?

How come the politicians’ salaries and allowances are increased almost every term? I may agree that Uganda is a poor country but I am not willing to accept that we are a poor people. We are intelligent, able-bodied and should have the ambition to live better lives!

At times what we need is a compassionate and creative mind to make situations better in our society. As for first aid, if we cannot afford ambulances and instead use the Police trucks, at least let us think of safer ways of transporting the injured persons so as to save some lives. Is it too costly for police stations to be equipped with at least a dozen stretchers to facilitate officers carry injured persons in a decent and safe manner? I am a taxpayer and I believe we can afford that if we can afford the constant increment in politicians’ allowances.

I wonder what the health minister thinks when he sees accident victims just being thrown on Police trucks. It is interesting that the health minister Steven Mallinga is a medical doctor and so is his state minister, Emmanuel Otaala! How can this happen under their very noses. If they can’t use their political office, at least they should remember their professional principles.

Do Police officers that attend to emergency calls such as road accidents undergo any training in first aid? And if we cannot afford stretchers, there is something else we can still afford to do.

I suggest that at the grassroots families should be facilitated with at least two blankets, be allowed to cut four strong poles and taught how to make stretchers like we were taught in primary school. In this way, households in the vicinity of an accident would be in a position to help the police carry injured people in a proper manner.

The police should remember to return these home-made stretchers after use. This would also ease the work of the Police. I suggest that Police officers be thoroughly trained in transporting accident victims and be given an incentive for their service.

We can only be poor if we choose to be. It is useless for our leaders to keep talking of democracy when they have no compassion in their hearts!

Diana Muwayire
Kampala

Accident victims need special care

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