MARACHA. An intervention by Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) to refurbish Maracha health centre IV laboratory is causing excitement among ordinary people in Maracha town council who want the health unit to be opened.

Immediate beneficiaries are anxious because the completion of the work in the health unit will mount pressure over district leaders to follow the application sub-mitted by the chief administrative officer to the ministry of health to open it.

Ms Annet Oribaru, a village health team member from Emvalia village, Okapi ward in Maracha town council said the opening of the health unit will be a big relief for the people in the town council especially women toiling long distances for treatment and antenatal care.

“We can’t wait to begin getting treatment here as the health centre is about to be completed, we are tired of going far for treatment in health units like St Joseph private hospital Maracha, Oleba health centre III and Aliro health centre because there is no health facility in the town council,” Oribaru noted.

Maracha district health officer Dr Paul Onzubo urged the residents of the town council to be calm since there will be another process of seeking permission from the ministry of health to open the unit although the structural development may be complete.

Dr Paul Onzubo health officer

“As the building is completed and certified by the engineering department, the infrastructure division of ministry of health will send officers to come and assess the suitability of the structures before the permanent secretary grants permission for the CAO to open the health unit,” the DHO stated.

Dr Onzubo said several services prescribed in the minimum health care package provided in a health centre IV including Out Patients Department (OPD), in patient general ward, inpatient maternity side and surgeries that will be done by two doctors will be offered.

The primary beneficiaries from Maracha town council and those beyond Maracha East County will also benefit from diverse maternal child care services, HIV and AIDS, TB and any other palliative care which will be started in a phased manner beginning with OPD.

According to a document signed by IDI procurement officer Ms Stella Akareut, a total of over 110 million shillings has been released to replace the cement screeded floor of the laboratory built by BOMARCK construction limited using the initial plan with Terrazo to meet the international standards.

An independent contractor, Niem establishment limited based in Kampala has been hired by IDI to refurbish the laboratory.

Construction work of the health centre IV started in 2015 with the general OPD block but the district leaders are hopeful that it be eventually be upgraded as a hospital after it opens \since there is no government hospital in the district.