By Gabriel Adrapi

The people of Rigbo Sub County in Arua district are living a compromised life by resorting to local ways of treating some common diseases due to the long distance to the existing health facilities.

The few health centers outside refugee settlement areas lack adequate drugs, and some people now depend on herbal medicine from the leaves and roots of particular plants to treat some common diseases.

Aziku David, an opinion leader says children are the most prone to the common illnesses.

Philliam Odama councilor representing Luba parish to Rigbo Sub County local council shared a similar observation on drug stocking in the existing health centers. He says they have a Health Centre II in the area but it’s not fully functional yet the number of those seeking services from there is overwhelming.

The chairman Rigbo Sub County local government, Agele Wilson has noted some slight improvement in health service delivery due to the presence of refugees in the area. He says there are so far four health centers in the sub county which are not sufficient to sustain the community’s needs. Agele however appreciates the support of the partners that work in the refugee hosting communities.

Majority of the population still depend on services from health center twos, which are about to be faced out by government. The local leaders and members of the community, are pleading that some of these lower heath centers to upgraded to health center three for better medical care. End