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UGX 500M Maternity Ward Construction Stalls at Ogwete HC III

In 2019, the Health Ministry upgraded the facility from Health Center II to HCIII status. The district then contracted Otada contraction company Ltd to construct a maternity ward, placenta pit and latrine stances at the facility at Shillings 500 million.
Imcomplete maternity ward at Ogwete HCIII

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Otuke district is looking for another contractor to complete the stalled maternity ward at Ogwete Health Center- HCIII.  

In 2019, the Health Ministry upgraded the facility from Health Center II to HCIII status. The district then contracted Otada contraction company Ltd to construct a maternity ward, placenta pit and latrine stances at the facility at Shillings 500 million.

However, the contractor has since abandoned the site after roofing and plastering the structure. Peter Okweda, the area LC III Chairperson explains that they have reported the matter to the District authorities and action is being taken.

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//Cue in: “The issue of…

 

Cue out: … HCIII of Ogwete.”//      

Dr. Robert Oremo, the Otuke District Health Officer confirmed the incident, saying the district is in the process of contracting another company to continue from where Otada stopped.

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//Cue in: “The process for…  

Cue out: ... in Gulu office.”//

However, Oswald Owankunzire, the Engineer of Otada Construction Company, says that they were forced to abandoned work due to nonpayment.

 

Eng byte:

//Cue in: “There were payment…  

Cue out: … has no money.”//  

The development hasn’t gone well with some community members, saying the contractor should be blacklisted. Peter Okello, a resident of Ogwete Sub County expressed his disappointment over the matter, saying women are still struggling to move long distances to access maternal services.

   

Eng byte;

//Cue in: “Since it was…

 

Cue out: ... of Ogwete sub-county.”//

 

Brenda Akao, a client of Ogwete Health Center III, says that have been experiencing challenges to access immunization services at the facility due to lack of facilities for the mothers.

 

Luo byte: 

//Cue in: “Udi me dakatal…

Cue out: … dang bet ayot.”//

Ogwete HCIII serves the entire community of Ogwete sub-county and some people from the neighbouring districts of Napak, Amuria and Abim. It attends to over 20 mothers seeking maternal services monthly.

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