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Jimmy Aner, the Ober Health Center Management Committee Chairperson argued that despite its small capacity, the facility is offering services to a vast number of people.
Clients waiting for services at Ober HCIII

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Ministry of Health has committed to upgrading Ober HCIII to a Health Center IV to reduce referrals and burden on Lira Regional Referral Hospital. Ober HCIII, which is located in Ojwina Division in Lira City West, serves over 44, 000 people. 

The outpatient attendance by clients above 5 years at the facility increased from 936 in Jan to 1080 in April this year whereas several others are served in the maternity and ward.

Due to the large population it serves, Ober HCII is now known for making referrals to other facilities especially Lira Regional Referral Hospital for easy service delivery.

However, during a recent visit by the officials from the Ministry of Health, the issue of upgrading the facility took center stage.

Jimmy Aner, the Ober Health Center Management Committee Chairperson argued that despite its small capacity, the facility is offering services to a vast number of people.  

He says they expect their services to improve when the facility is upgraded to the next level with better infrastructure.


 

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Fortunately, the Ministry of Health has confirmed its plans to upgrade the health center. A letter from the Health Ministry Permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine, says “the upgrade will be handled in a phased manner due to resource constraints and the construction of the theater is a priority at the moment.”


“The resources for quarter 2 for FY 2020/21 have already been programmed and this ministry can avail 300 million Shillings for the construction of the theater in quarter 3 of this financial year,” reads the letter. She advises the Chief Administrative Officer to start the procurement process for contractors while waiting for the disbursement of the funds.


“Please ensure that the design for the theatre confirms to the standards of this ministry and the process follows the PPDA guidelines,” Dr. Atwine directs. The news has excited staff at the facility, saying it will relieve them from the current since the staffing levels will improve.



Tamali Tino Odida, the in charge of the facility, who is currently on leave, says although the facility has structures which can handle its current situation, it has been overwhelmed with clients seeking medical attention ever since the government declared a lockdown.

She is very happy that the facility is set for an upgrade, saying it will improve service delivery.   

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A nurse, who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity, says some medical practitioners who are serving in lower positions will also be promoted to higher ranks if the facility is upgraded.  

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Similarly, Christopher Oluju, a senior laboratory technician at the health center believes that the upgrade of the facility will improve on the services they offer to their clients.  

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It should be noted that when Adyel HCII was created, some staff were picked from Ober health center leaving a staffing gap.