The facility was closed in June following an eviction order issued by the court that directed the health unit to evacuate its initial location following a longstanding land dispute with one of its neighbours.
Abil-Nino Health Centre III in Lira Kato Sub
County, Agago district has resumed operations five months after it had
The facility was closed in June after an eviction order issued
by the court that directed the health unit to evacuate its initial location
following a longstanding land dispute with one of its neighbours.
Sandrina Acen, a resident of Abil Nino village, secured
an order from the Patongo Grade I Magistrate, Nicholas Aisu ordering the health
centre to vacate the contested land or face forceful eviction. The facility had
been operating on the contested land for over ten years.
The Lira Kato Sub County Councilor Charles Alexander Okidi says
that residents were left with no option but to contribute funds and renovate a
redundant classroom block at Abil-Nino Primary School that would tentatively be
used as a health facility to offer the much-needed health service delivery.
//Cue in: “we renovated ….
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The Lira Kato LCIII Chairperson Kite Okidi Ojok says that residents and well-wishers in the parish contributed more than 5 Million Shillings for renovating the
classrooms. Ojok says that the funds were handed to the construction
committee that embarked on the renovation of the redundant classes to operate
as an Out-Patients Department, in-patients ward and accommodation for the
The District Health Officer Hellen Drajea Iraku says after the
closure of the facility, the department was left with no option rather than to
transfer all services and drug stocks from Lira Kato Health Centre III.
The Agago LCV Chairperson Leonard Ojok Opio says the council has
already allocated some funding in the subsequent financial year budget for the construction
of another facility. Opio says that some members of the public in the area have
already volunteered to offer an alternative piece of land measuring close to
three acres to establish a health facility in the area.
According to Opio, the district is now exploring all legal
procedures to fully acquire the donated land before it is surveyed and titled, before
the actual commencement of the construction of a new health facility.
Opio says that the district should consider titling all public land hosting government institutions to avert any
possibilities of encroachment from neighbours or litigations over ownership by
persons whose relatives could have offered land to establish any public goods.