Phase II Construction of Maternity Ward at Ober HCIII Takes Off

Freddy Owiny, the Lira City Acting engineer explains that works could not move on as planned because the money was exhausted.
The City Leadership handing over the new construction design to the contractor

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The phase II construction works of a maternity ward and theatre at Ober HCIII has resumed after stalling for almost a year.

In 2020, Ministry of Health confirmed the upgrade of Ober HCIII to an HCIV status and recommended for the construction of a new maternity ward and theater. Subsequently, the Ministry released 300 million Shillings to finance the project.

But in 2021, the construction works which was being undertaken by BP Enterprises and construction company limited stalled at foundation level.

Freddy Owiny, the Lira City Acting engineer explains that works could not move on as planned because the money was exhausted.

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He also partly blamed the delays on the changes made on the construction design from a normal to storied building by the ministry of health.

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However, the Ministry has now released another shillings 349m for phase II of the project which will include constructing the beams, columns, stairs and the first floor (solid concrete). This will be done in four months and in correlation with the new construction design that has been handed over to the contractor.

The city authorities tasked the contractor to ensure that the work being done is of good quality and it will stand the taste of time.

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In his response, Dr. Willy Okullo, the managing director BP Enterprises assured the leaders that quality work will be done within the specific time.

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Whereas Sam Atul, the mayor Lira City tasked the community surrounding the facility to consider providing more land for expanding saying very soon the facility will be elevated to a district hospital yet it does not have enough land.

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Hilary Okello, the in charge of the facility is optimistic that when the construction work is complete, many mothers will be served and referrals to the Regional Referral Hospital will be reduced.

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Early this month, Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, also the woman MP for Lira City queried the slow progress of the work after paying an impromptu visit to the site only to discover that work has not gone beyond foundation level. The disappointed Minister wondered why work had stalled and yet the City had all the resources needed to execute the work.

Currently, Ober HCIII serves between 80 to 100 clients on a daily basis. It conducts between 60 to 100 deliveries in a month.