MARACHA. President Yoweri Museveni has directed the ministry of health to borrow funds from the organization of Islamic conference to upgrade and elevate Maracha health centre (HC) IV to a hospital status as a fulfilment of his 2016 campaign pledge.
According to Dr. Francis Arije, the Senior Medical Officer of the health unit, the President’s decision follows the needs assessment done by the State House delegation led by Mr. Willy Basasa, the director for manifesto implementation in September this year.
“The delegation came here in September and recorded missing requirement in terms of infrastructures, personnel, and functionality to qualify the facility and thereafter, the President directed the ministry of health to write a project proposal to the organization of Islamic conference to build this facility,” Dr. Arije said.
“If the organization approves the proposal, the health facility will be upgraded and elevated to general hospital status,” Dr. Arije added.
Dr. Arije identified some of the missing requirements needed to upgrade the facility to a general hospital status as being general wards, theatre, mortuary, staff houses and means of transport to coordinate health services in Maracha health sub-district.
He noted that Mr. Tom Aliti, the commissioner health services, planning and coordination at the ministry of health together with the minister for health on Friday attended a meeting with Organization of Islamic conference in Geneva in which funding of the facility was the main agenda.
Dr. Ronald Ocatre, the ministry of health principal communications officer observed that the health unit is already a hospital much as it is operating as a health centre IV.
“You call it a health centre IV but I now want to tell you that it is a hospital, so what you see there is the OPD of a general hospital. It is a Presidential pledge and His Excellency the President followed it and from now onwards, you will see the structures that are supposed to be built there,” Dr. Ocatre promised.
Maracha deputy chief administrative officer Mr. Stephen Edema Budraa commended the health facility staff for managing the unit without money for the last six months.
Mr. Edema advised the management committee of the health centre to prioritize their challenges and table them formerly before the CAO.
The catchment population of the health unit is 14,215 beyond Maracha town council and since May, the OPD attendance stands at 21,923 and antenatal health services stretched to over 12, 000.