Residents Call for Restoration of Non Functional Health Centre

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Rose Kalibin Lakala, a resident of Nariamawe Central village says mothers find it difficult to access maternal health services in the area.

Residents of Kaabong district want government to revamp Nariamamawe health center II. Nariamamawe health center II was built in 2006 under the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund to serve 1,022 people of Nariamawe Sub County.



However, the health center II has been nonfunctional since then forcing residents to trek long distances to access health services. Our reporter visited the health center and found it vandalized. Part of its windows and doors are broken.

 
Part of the facility is used by unidentified residents for accommodation. The walls and ceiling of the facility are covered by soot resulting from cooking. Now, residents want government to revamp the health center to provide them health services.

 
Michael Nawat Lotyang, a resident of Nariamawe village, says the health center has never been operational since it was built.


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Lokiru Mark Lotyang, a member of the village health team asks government to find means of putting the health centre into use. 


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Rose Kalibin Lakala, a resident of Nariamawe Central village says mothers find it difficult to access maternal health services in the area. 


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[Since the health center was built, it has never been operational. Pregnant mothers deliver at the roadside yet this facility would save us. Children fall sick and we really suffer because the health facilities are quite a distance.] 



Dr. Narif Nalibe, the Kaabong District Health Officer, acknowledges the concerns of residents, saying they will work on the facility in the next financial year.

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.