MARACHA. Officials of Maracha district have commissioned the outpatients' department (OPD) block of their first public health centre IV.
Maracha town council health centre IV which is located in Adongokoro cell was constructed by BOMAK Construction Company limited in two phases starting from 2015 with funding from the government of Uganda at a tune of shs577m under Adhoc primary health care funds.
During the commissioning on Tuesday, Mr William Oneti who certified the structure on behalf of the district engineer appreciated the contractor for the good workmanship.
He, however, condemned the vandalism of the lightning arrester on the OPD by unknown people.
Meanwhile Mr Sunday Cadribo, the district health educator noted that the commissioning of the OPD block is a step forward towards improving health service delivery in the district.
But he asked the resident district commissioner (RDC) to remind the President about his pledge to establish a district hospital since the people of Maracha have been depending on St. Joseph's hospital under the public-private partnership.
Cadribo confirmed that the health unit that is already connected to water and electricity will begin offering general OPD services, laboratory and maternal services like antenatal care, family planning among others.
He said the unit will not receive funding until the end of this financial year much as it has started receiving drugs from national medical stores after the council reallocated the available PHC funds to cater for all the new health units which are not yet coded.
Adongoro cell LC1 chairperson, Mr John Aliga Liandro thanked the government for funding the project which he said his villagers prioritised in 2013 because of moving long distances for health services.
He called on the district to compensate locals whose crops were destroyed in the process of constructing the health unit.
Ms Esther Soet, the Maracha RDC called for speedy completion of the facilities under construction to make the health unit fully operational.
“The major facilities like admission wards are not yet here and if I had inspected the facility before, I would not commission it. There will be no difference between a health centre III and health centre IV here. I hope you are not going to refer patients to Oleba health centre III”, Soet stated.
She cautioned the 33 pioneer medical workers deployed by the district headed by a senior medical officer Dr Francis Arije against harassment of expectant mothers, smuggling public drugs, unprofessional and unethical behaviours.
Mr Stephen Edema, the deputy chief administrative officer (CAO) for the district called upon all stakeholders to be patient, arguing that the elevation of the health centre to a hospital status is a gradual process.