ARUA. Officials of Arua hill division in Arua municipality have handed over a site to the contractor for construction of a multi-million maternity ward at Arua police health centre III premises.

The Shs122 million project is funded by the division with funds under Discretionary Development Equalization Grant (DDEG).

The maternity ward project undertaken by Ms Link Investment Limited is expected to be completed within four months from the time of handover.

During the handover ceremony of the site to the contractor on Monday, the division chairperson, Ms Nezma Ocokoru said they decided on develop police health centre because it is the only health centre III in the whole division.

She disclosed that the division has been waiting for de-gazzeting of Barifa forest in order to establish a health centre III but the process has failed to take off.

"I want to thank the police for collaborating with us by granting land to us so that this maternity ward is seen on the ground for the care of mothers", Ocokoru said.

The senior assistant town clerk of Arua hill division, Mr Isaac Mwanje said the maternity ward was to be built in 2018 but due to hiked prices by the former contractor and lack of permission from the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the work was delayed.

Mr Stephen Dravu R 19 03 19Mr Stephen Dravu (R) who represented the RDC hands over to the contractor.

He said the division is in touch with World Vision, a local None Governmental organization to equip the maternity ward when completed.

The deputy regional police Commander Mr Henry Kavuma warned the contractor against shoddy work as the structure is meant to benefit generations.

"The maternity ward that will be constructed is not for people of Arua town alone but it is something meant for Ugandan citizens who deserve quality service", Kavuma said.

Police Surgeon for West Nile region Dr Charles Madrama said the maternity ward has been a challenge at the health facility which makes mothers who attend their antenatal at the facility to deliver in other health facilities because of lack of the ward.

He also pointed out the inadequate number of staff at the health facility as another challenge that he said has to be lobbied for in the near future as the number of patients keeps growing.