MARACHA. The government of Uganda has earmarked shs641m for upgrading Cirube health centre II in Kijomoro sub-county, Maracha district.
According to Mr George Olega, the Maracha district engineer, the funds will be used for constructing a maternity ward and a combined staff house for two health workers.
The project which was handed over to Arindua investment limited on Tuesday is expected to be completed on June 30, 2020.
“This project was bigger than this; the ministry cancelled other components like VIP latrines, placenta pits and medical wastes due to inadequate funds,” Olega explained.
Dr. Paul Onzubo, the Maracha District Health Officer confirmed that the development is in line with the guidelines set by the ministry of health to upgrade all grade II health centres across the country to improve health service delivery at the grassroots level.
“It was observed from attendance that mothers had already started delivering here and therefore, it is justifiable to have this place upgraded to health centre III in accordance with government policy,” Onzubo said.
“We have five health centre IIs due for upgrading to health centre III, so with this work already in process, it means that we are left with four health centres to be upgraded,” Onzubo added.
Meanwhile, Mr Christopher Okumu, the Maracha chief administrative officer (CAO) directed the engineering department to conduct regular supervision at the site so that the contractor can complete the project within the contract period.
Mr Bashir Rashid, an engineer representing Arindua investment limited pledged to recruit 80 per cent of the workforce within the communities.
He, however, called upon all stakeholders to always follow the rightful procedures in case of irregularities.
The district female councillor representing Kijomoro sub-county, Ms Josephine Inzikuru commended the district leadership for answering the prayers of the community in which access to better health facilities especially the maternal health service is still limited.
“We are seeing that there is now light. We do not like to lose our expectant mothers during labour due to long distance to Kijomoro health centre or Aroi health centre in Arua district like last year,” Inzikuru stated.
While handing over the site for construction, Mr Nicolas Ojuri who represented the resident district commissioner warned the contractor against cheating labourers, an act he said may delay the project.
Cirube health centre II in Anjevu village which was started in 2009 is the second health centre II to be upgraded to health centre III status after Ajikoro in Oleba sub-county.