BY INNOCENT ATUGANYIRA.
MASINDI: Thursday, August 05, 2021
The construction of a maternity ward at Nyabyeya health centre III in Budongo Sub County, Bujenje Constituency in Masindi district has begun.
The multi-million shillings facility is funded by the Polish Development Organization (PODEO), a nongovernmental organization that aims at improving health service, education and youth empowerment.
Speaking at the official handover for construction plan of the Maternity Ward, Fr. Peter Waswa, the country director for PODEO said that when they came to Nyabyeya, they saw a need for a maternity ward and rehabilitation of the current structure.
“After realizing the need, we wrote the project proposal for the small grants, and lucky enough Nyabyeya was the only project that was considered in the entire country for the financial year 2020/2021,” Waswa disclosed.
The projects will cost over sh80m and will take one year to deliver, he added.
Julius Kyahurwa, the LC3 chairperson of Budongo sub county thanked the country director for thinking about his people.
He however requested government to consider constructing another block to expand the capacity of the health facility and extend electricity and water to the premises.
Kyahurwa reported that Nyabyeya health centre, which serves between 600 and 800 patients monthly, was started by the residents and later taken up by government but it registers frequent drug stock outs.
Kenneth Nyendwoha, the Member of Parliament for Bujenje Constituency said they the new maternity ward would solve the challenge of mothers having to travel long distances in search of maternity services.
He promised to follow up with the responsible persons the issue of water and electricity for the health centre.
Rose Kirabira, the Masindi resident district commissioner, applauded the PODEO country director for lobbying and pledged that government is ready to work with the organisation.