MARACHA. The ongoing construction of the Out Patient’s Department (OPD) block project at Ajikoro health centre II in Oleba sub-county has excited Maracha district leadership.

The local leaders have, as a result, remained optimistic that the completion of the OPD will make it easy to upgrade the health unit to a grade III status.

The project that was awarded to BOMAC constructions limited is expected to be complete by the end of June 2019.

While inspecting the facility on Monday, Mr Lawrence Adiga, the Maracha district chairperson said he is impressed to see the construction works reach window level shortly after the groundbreaking ceremony.

“The way I have seen the work, it is progressing well except the district engineer should come here regularly to supervise the work to ensure that the building meets the required standards,” excited Adiga stated.

The beneficiaries in the communities stated that OPD block that is constructed using solid cement brick blocks may last for generations.

They said upgrading the health unit will bring services closure in a place where the grade II health unit was inadequate to meet the health needs of the area located less than 5KM from the Uganda-Congo border.

The LC1 chairperson of Nyaala village in Buramali parish, Mr Albert Candia, however, doubted the quality of ventilators used and appealed to the engineers to go and assess the clay vents to ensure that value for money is achieved.

“We want quality work to be done here, how can clay vents be used when the walls are built using cement bricks? This health unit should be built well, it will be beneficial for pupils from Anabia primary school, the soldiers at Kampala detach located opposite to the health unit and the entire community,” Mr Candia noted.

The site foreman who claimed the vents were bought from Kajansi along Entebbe road in Kampala later declined to speak to the media.

Patients from the health unit and expectant mothers were referred for treatment of complicated conditions and deliveries respectively to Oleba health centre III and St. Joseph’s hospital Maracha which are located over 15 kilometres away.