- Yumbe district has 17 health centre grade IIs but out of the names submitted for upgrading, the ministry of health only considered Mocha health centre II in Midigo Sub-county and Kerwa health centre II in Kerwa subcounty to be upgraded for this financial year
By Elema Robert
Yumbe- Ministry of health has earmarked two health centers in Yumbe district for upgrading from health centre IIs to health centre grade IIIs.
This is in line with the plan of the ministry to phase out health centre grade II’s in the country. In the two health facilities, the facilities to be constructed include general ward, placenta pit, pit latrines and medical waste pit.
At least Shs 483million has been allocated for each of the two projects respectively (Shs 966million) and the projects have been contracted to Abude construction company limited at a duration of six months.
Speaking during the site handover of the projects on Monday, Mr Bernard Ayimani the district Engineer, said the contractors should ensure quality work.
“We want everyone involved in this project to play their roles as expected and carry out routine supervision and monitoring to avoid the issue of shoddy works in the projects.”
He warned the workers against theft of materials and they should ensure that no material leaves the project site because it affects quality work.
Mr Amis Abdul the Sub-county chief of Midigo said the upgrading would encourage ore staff to be recruited and work in them.
“Our aim is to ensure that Mocha health facility be upgraded to health centre grade IV but there is need for the elders to sit together with the Sub county officials to allocate more land for its expansion since there is shortage of land in the area,” he said.
Mr Zubair Ojo the representative of the DHO said the sealing of the health centre grade II had been nine members of the staff but the number of the staff will rise up to 19 for the health centre grade III and the budget for these health facilities will equally increase.
“Our major challenge in these health facilities will be the issue of the staffs because the ministry has not made any clearance on recruitment on new staffs. We urge the Sub-county to take care of the support staff for these newly upgraded health facilities as they wait for clearance from the Ministry.”
Mr Yassin Awadi the Engineer for Abude construction company limited said: “The issue of profit comes later but I assure the community that the issue of quality work will not be compromised in these projects.”