MARACHA. Locals in Maracha district are unhappy at the slow pace the construction of a maternity ward at Maracha health centre IV is taking.

But the out patient’s department (OPD) built at the same facility four years ago has remained nonoperational.

Ms Jilda Candiru, a resident of Bura market cell in Nyadri Sub County testifies that they usually go to deliver in Oleba health centre III but when referred to Maracha hospital, some of them fail to get the right services.

“Maracha hospital in Ovujo is a private facility and they ask for user fee before they can attend to us which we sometimes because we are poor peasants” Candiru said.

Candiru said completing the ward will end sneaking of poor women from Maracha hospital leaving behind their utensils for failing to pay the bills.

She was supported by the 32 year old Mr Denis Acema who claims that they incur a lot of expenses while carrying their expectant mothers to the far health units and appealed for the district to go forward in fulfilling all the conditions to allow ministry of health recommend coding of the health facility for employment of staff and supply of drugs.

ward constructionMaternity ward in Maracha health centre IV under construction.

But Mr Sunday Cadribo, the district Health Educator said the shs 108 million building will be completed in a phased manner. He said the money allocated was not enough for the structure to be completed in one financial year.

“A careful woman will first provide porridge for a hungry man while preparing food, it is true we do not have a government hospital but we are starting with the health centre IV as we wait for president Museveni’s pledge to build a hospital when launching the district in 2010,” Cadribo noted.

A foreman at the site, Mr Jackson Maliamungu said they are optimistic to complete the work in the designated project period of one month where they have built the over beam courses on which heaped roofing will be done.

The district health officials said the district applied in December last year to the ministry of health to grant permission so as to operationalize the OPD but have received no responses.