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UGX 980M Theater Commissioned at Orum HC IV

Dr. James Olum, a senior medical officer in charge of the facility is happy that they have finally recieved the theatre, saying they for a long time they were conducting surgeries in a dilapidated structure which was risky for both patients and medical workers.
District leaders inspecting equipments in the new theater

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Orum Health Center IV in Otuke District has recieved a state-of-the-art theater valued at Shillings 980million. Built with funding from the Uganda Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services-North Lango, the theater comprises two operating rooms, a neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), 13 beds, and tables. 

The project also included the construction of a latrine, walkway, and the installation of a 40,000-liter -water tank bringing the total cost to Shillings 1.8billion. Orum, the only Health Center IV in the district serves over 100,000 people both from within and neighboring districts of Alebtong and Agago.

The old theater had one operating table installed in a dilapidated structure with cracked walls, and broken windows, and lacked beds and other equipment. This forced some patients to seek treatment from private health facilities whereas those in need of surgeries for specialized complications were referred to Lira Regional Referral Hospital.

Dr. James Olum, a senior medical officer in charge of the facility is happy that they have finally recieved the theatre, saying they for a long time they were conducting surgeries in a dilapidated structure which was risky for both patients and medical workers.

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Despite having received a new theater, Dr. Olum says the health center is still lacking some structures before it can be upgraded to a District hospital.

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While sharing his experience operating in the old theater, Dr. Joseph Okot, a medical officer at the facility, said that many of his colleagues posted to the health facility ran away because the theater was in a sorry state.

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Dr. Robert Oremo, the Otuke District Health Officer (DHO) believes that the modern theater will improve maternal and child health services in the district and as such, the user department must protect and maintain the new facilities.

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The DHO also tasked the medical workers to strike to promote health-seeking behaviors among the community members in order to promote health care services.

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Roseline Ejang, a resident of Omoro sub-county in Alebtong district who underwent a C- section in a private clinic nearly lost her life after she developed complications due to poor management. A fellow patient at the clinic advised her to run to Orum HCIV for better management.

Ejang was saved by a second operation conducted by doctors in the old theater at Orum HCIV and now she is wondering how many mothers will be saved in the new theater which has modern equipment.

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James Ogwang, a resident of Orum Town council is optimistic that service delivery from Orum HCIV will improve now that they have new facilities.

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Orum HCIV which has been proposed for upgrading to a status of a General hospital conducts around 20 to 25 caesarian (C) sections and between 20 to 30 hydrocele and hernia operations, a project being run with support from Sight Savers.

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