PAKWACH. District councillors have approved a supplementary estimate of shs122million towards salary and allowances payments for two medical doctors recruited on a two year contract at Pakwach health centre IV by UNICEF.
The request for the approval was in line with circular presented to Pakwach district local government to initiate the minutes attached for the transfer of the fund from single account to the district general account.
The decision to recruit the two medical doctors was reached at last year when the district hosted the regional health camp.
The health facility has been grappling with lack of qualified medical doctors to carry on surgeries which made even simple emergencies to be referred to Angal and Nebbi hospitals.
During the council session, Mr Mr Ben Owiny, the Secretary for finance planning and investment said the two doctors will each earn monthly salary of shs3 million and entitled to monthly allowance of shs1.5 million for the next two years.
The two medical doctors are Julian Afoyorwoth and John Bosco Oryema who are expected to be enrolled in the district government payroll after the expiry of their contracts.
Dr Julian Afoyorwoth said the approval is motivator to their work insisting that they have sacrificed to save the lives of patients and not money as propeller.
"I'm very happy for that good news, it's going to make us work extra hard, for we had gone months without pay but we thank the district leadership for their support towards the community, we shall deliver our best", the delighted Afoyorwoth said.
But a section of the councillors said other medical logistics like drug stock out should also be given special consideration.
Mr Fred Gibril, the male councillor representing Panyango sub county said lobbying for other health needs like constant power supply at Pakwach health centre IV should be addressed to make the work of the doctors easier.
However, a section of patients at Pakwach health centre IV appreciated the diligence work of the two doctors saying they deserve their emolument.
Ms Beatrice Ngwecarach, a resident of Patwe cell in Pakwach town council said the deployment of the duo has instilled confidence in the services at the health centre.
"The services at the facility had totally gone down but ever since the two doctors started working, the number of patients accessing health services has increased", she said
Pakwach health IV has a catchment area of neighbouring districts of Nwoya, Pawor, Madi Okollo and Democratic republic of Congo.
Besides recruiting the two medical doctors for the district, UNICEF is also set to procure two new ambulances for the district to help in emergencies.