By Solomon Hamala
In Soroti City
Teso sub region districts have resolved to reward Doctor Joseph Epodoi for successfully conducting an operation that saw conjoined twins separated.
Dr. Epodoi, a Senior Surgeon at Soroti regional referral hospital led a team of surgeons on the 26th March 2021 to separate a dead conjoined twin from a live sibling.
The twins were on the previous Saturday delivered by caesarean section at Amuria Health Centre IV in Amuria District but one was born still.
Speaking to this reporter this morning 27th April 2021, the Chief Administrative Officer Soroti, Luke Lokuda Lokwi said that there is need to reward Dr. Epodoi to serve as an example to other employees that hard work and creativity pay off.
“Other employees should realize that hard work and being creative while on duty is the key to success,” he said.
Lokuda revealed that Chief Administrative Officers from the ten districts of Teso sub region are to convene a meeting soon to propose a prize to be handed over to Epodoi.
“It’s likely to be a brand new car or house depending on what members will decide on,” he said.
He said Soroti regional referral hospital that was constructed way back in 1960’s and is operating in a poor condition with dilapidated building structures for the Out Patient Department and staff.
Lokuda said the move to reward the senior surgeon is aimed at attracting competition amongst health personnel to produce results instead of idling on duty.
“This man has been working in poor condition but managed to conduct an operation that shocked the entire nation,” he said.
Doctor Epodoi when contacted on phone said the surviving twin is currently in a normal state.
The twins had been referred back to Soroti regional referral hospital after doctors at Mulago ignored the parents’ request to conduct an operation.