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Otuke’s Barjobi Health Centre III gets shs1b for upgrade 

(Last Updated On: 27 November 2023)

Otuke | The government has given Otuke district sh1b towards upgrading Barjobi Health Centre III to IV. The upgrade is expected to improve health service delivery.

State minister for Northern Uganda, Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny launched the construction works on behalf of Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja on Saturday, Nov. 25.

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) engineering brigade will undertake the work.   

Addressing locals before the official groundbreaking ceremony, Kwiyucwiny hailed President Yoweri Museveni for showing good leadership by bringing in many developments in the country.

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“Our government is a government for everybody, even those who did not vote for NRM,” she said, adding, “I was here for a medical outreach and Hon. Omara was looking for money to upgrade this health centre. By next year around this time, this place will be different.”

She thanked the people of Otuke County for electing a visionary leader like Paul Omara who has worked closely with the many ministers in government to bring more development in the district.

The minister handed over a designed plan for the theatre and an Outpatients Department (OPD) expansion to the Engineering brigade team whom she says are not corrupt like other contractors. 

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She urged the contractors to follow the rules and finish the work before the end of the current financial year so that the money is not returned to the consolidated funds.

The acting District Health Officer, Patrick Opio said the funding is from the government through the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development for the Financial Year 2023-2024. 

He added that the health facility covers a wider area with a higher number of patients from the boarding districts such as Alebtong, Lira, Agago, Pader and Otuke.

In the Financial Year 2022/2023, Opio said 2,791 were admitted at the facility out of which 1,100 were from outside Otuke. 

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Area MP, Paul Omara thanked the government under the leadership of President Museveni for agreeing to upgrade the facility to save the lives of people. 

“There have been fights here and the districts served by this health facility are Agago, Pader, and others,” MP Omara said. 

Pader District Woman MP, Paska Menya was present. “I am here to mend the relationships between Lango and Acholi, and  doing everything to ensure what we are doing develops our home.”

The Woman MP advises parents to be closer to their children during holidays to avoid the increasing HIV infections. 

Ketty Auma Opio, 36, says all her two last deliveries took place at Barjobi health facility. “I have three children but two are born from here. Upgrading it will improve the quality of healthcare and offer more help to us mothers,” she adds. 

Robert Adyama the Resident District Commissioner of Otuke said the construction will kick off anytime soon.

By Arao Denis & Milton Emmy Akwam

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