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Amuru District Allocates Three Acres of Land for MOH Medical Lab

The Ministry of Health had earlier on requested for two acres of land for the establishment of a laboratory that would be upgraded to a Health Centre III to serve the population in Elegu and the surrounding areas.

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Amuru district local government has allocated three acres of land for the establishment of a medical laboratory in Elegu. The land was carved out of over 250 acres of government land.

The Ministry of Health had earlier on requested for two acres of land for the establishment of a laboratory that would be upgraded to a Health Centre III to serve the population in Elegu and

the surrounding areas.

Amuru district chairperson Michael Lakony says that the contract for the construction of the laboratory has been awarded and work is expected to start soon. He says they have on several occasions called on the ministry to establish a health facility to treat thousands of people at the border town. 

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Dr Patrick Odong Olwedo, Amuru district health officer says that upon completion, the facility will bridge the gap which existed for the people in the town council due to the lack of a government health unit. He says they currently refer lab examinations to Atiak health centre IV, Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, St Mary`s hospital Lacor and in Kampala.

  According to Olwedo, the development is timely especially because the town council is struggling to manage cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) that are entering through Elegu border post.

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John Bosco Ocan, a resident of Elegu town council says several private health facilities had cropped up and were charging people exorbitantly. He says hopefully this will change if a medical lab is set up in the area.

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