The Omoro District local government has received 1.2 Billion Shillings
from the Ministry of Health for the elevation of two health centres.
The health centre IIs which include Abwoch and Te-Kulu in
Abuga and Aremo Sub Counties have been elevated to Health Centre III and will
each get 640 Million Shillings for the construction of the Out-Patient Department- OPD,
admission ward, Administration blocks and staff houses.
Douglas Okello Peter, the Secretary of Health says that the elevation
will improve health services in the community.
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Denis Ojara, the in-charge of Abwoch health centre II says that they had
been struggling with admissions due to the distance of the health facility to
the nearest health centre being Lalogi health centre IV.
He observes that they have received complications
including deliveries which they can't attend to due to the lack of equipment and staff.
Derrick Ochaya, a resident of Abwoch in Abuga Sub County says many
of them had resorted to attending medical services from expensive private
Christopher Ojok, another resident of Abwoch says that they used
to walk for at least 2.9 kilometres to access health services from Ongako Health
Centre III where in most cases, the turn-up of patients is very high.
Omoro district has a total of 28 health facilities including
health centre IIs, IIIs and one Health centre IV.
In 2016, the government announced a plan to phase out health centre
IIs in the country and redirect investments towards upper levels of health
establishments and phase out the HC IIs over time.