The absence of health facilities in the sub-counties has forced the residents to trek long distances in search of services while others have resorted to seeking services from some of the health facilities in the neighboring districts.
Four sub-counties in Maracha district are lacking health facilities. They include Ajira,
Kijomoro, Oleba, and Oluvu sub-counties.
The absence of health facilities in the sub-counties has forced the residents
to trek long distances in search of services while others have resorted to
seeking services from some of the health facilities in the neighboring districts.
Robert Tabu, a resident of Ajira Sub County says that many residents can't
afford transport fares to Tara Health Center III or the nearby Dranya health
center for medication, adding that many have resorted to self-medication using
Alizana Tedriru, the female councilor representing Tara and Ajira sub-counties
says her electorates have been relying on the services of Village Health
Teams-VHTs while others seek services in Tara health center and Dranya health
center in Koboko district.
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the female youth councilor notes that some of the affected sub-counties are
newly created. She however says, several residents face a huge challenge in
accessing health services, especially mothers in labor, forcing many of them to
deliver at home.
Amazi, the residents in the affected sub-counties have to trek several kilometers
to access health services.
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Onzubo, the Maracha District Health officer, says the absence of the health
centers contravenes the Health Ministry policy which recommends at least one
health center II and health center III in each parish and sub-county
The policy further recommends that a person seeking health services should not
move a distance of more than 5 kilometers to access services.
But Ozubo says, they will petition the Ministry of Health to intervene in the
matter. He says currently they have been relying on outreach programs to
offer services in the affected areas.
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and 2020, Maracha district Local government benefited from the creation of at
least eleven new administrative units, which are yet to be fully operationalized
due to funding constraints.