Obongi Health Centre IV Receives New Theatre To Serve Refugees And Host Communities

The Ministry of Health in Uganda under the Uganda health system strengthening project (UHSSP) has constructed a theater in Obongi, Northern Uganda with support from World Bank for South Sudanese refugees and the locals to be able to access medical services.

Obongi Health Centre IV Receives New Theatre To Serve Refugees And Host Communities
The newly constructed health unit in Obongi, Northern Uganda [Gurtong photo|Paul Night]

By Paul Night

MOYO, UGANDA, 09 December 2017 [Gurtong]-
Before the construction of the health unit the refugees and locals were forced to travel for about 50 kilometers to Moyo if they needed health services.

The UHSSP aims at delivering Uganda national minimum health care package (UNMHCP) according to one of the Ministry official’s in Moyo district.

Hassan Fungaroo Obongi, the County MP urged the government to employ professional doctors to the health unit. He also pointed out that the health Centre still lacks an anesthetist.
He also called upon the government to construct surgical ward for the theatre as the local authorities plan to renovate the old surgical ward.

Dr Joseph Arike, Moyo hospital Medical superintendent said “Moyo district has advertised for the position of anesthetists and radiographer and we have failed to get people.”

Collins Opendi Moyo Resident District Commissioner, said most of the qualified doctors have opted to work for private organizations leaving a gap in government institutions.

“The challenge is we have sons and daughters who are doctors but they don’t want to work here many prefer to work for private organizations most especially with the need of medical personnel in the refugees settlements around the country,” Opendi said.

The theatre is expected to improve health service delivery in the district.
Christine Anzoo a resident of Obongi happily said this will help in stopping the residents from moving up to Moyo General Hospital for services.

“Sometimes people lose their lives as a result of the distance one has to go just to access a health facility. But with the health Centre constructed here services will be easy more especially with the refugees who have increased our population here.” Said Anzoo.

Betty Mawadri another resident said they hope the new facility will motivate the health workers to serve them better.

“You see the old theatre has become dilapidated but now with this service it will improve our health situations.” Said Betty.

Taban Malis a South Sudanese refugee from Kajo-Keji in Obongi said the construction of the health Centre has come at the right time when many of the refugees require a good health facility due to the increase

Despite the efforts done by government and their partners in trying to overcome the dire humanitarian situations in the settlements and the surrounding host populations, luck of quality health facilities continue to hamper many areas in the northern region.

Similar projects are being carried out in Atiak health Centre in Amuru district and in Padibe health Centre in Lamwo district all in Northern Uganda by the ministry of health with the help of partners.



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