Arua health sector grapples with shortages of medical supplies.

Arua Main Market is usually full of noise, the bustle and the traffic. Given its proximity, the market brings together people from DR Congo, South Sudan and Uganda, itself. Picture by Ochan Hannington | 06 May 2019

Medical supplies allocated to Arua main health facilities run out long before the appointed time has come – leaving many patients unable to get proper treatment. District authorities say the problem is the vast number of non-nationals; like refugees, whom they accuse of sharing from the same facilities as citizens. The administration of Arua Referral Regional Hospital blames higher authorities of not considering South Sudanese refugees, in the district, when allocating budgets. They want the government to double their annual budgets in order to enable medical personnel serve both citizens and refugees adequately. Or else they will continue to serve in deficiency – something that could cause health catastrophes, they warn. Proscovia Achan is in the district, and reports.