Construction of the 300 Million Shillings maternity ward started in July 2020 and was supposed to end by July 2021. It was funded by the Ministry of Health under maternal health and child care services.
The LCV Chairperson Busia has ordered Suleigh Engineering Works
Limited to redo the Maternity ward at Bulumbi Health Center III over shoddy
The building has several defects like cracks on the wall, veranda and floor. Construction
of the 300 Million Shillings maternity ward started in July 2020 and was
supposed to end by July 2021. It was
funded by the Ministry of Health under maternal health and child care services.
Mugeni says that they were surprised to find that the building has developed
several defects even before it is completed.
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Steven Mayende Odero, the District Councilor for Bulumbi Sub County
says that the contractor had at first abandoned the site for four months at the
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Ismael Wesonga, the LCIII Chairperson Bulumbi Sub County says that
they severally tried to ask for the maternity ward bill of quantity from the
contractor in vain.
He says that the delay to complete the ward is having a toll on
the health centre. Wesonga explains that some women are turned away due to the
high number of people who need services.
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Dr Mathias Wabwire Panyako, the Busia District Health Officer-DHO says that every
month the facility registers between 40 to 50 expectant mothers who turn up for
Once completed, the health facility will have enough space to
accommodate expectant mothers who go for antenatal health services.
Sylvester Egesa, the assistant Busia District Engineer says that they have
asked the contractor to rectify the defects.
Jonathan Wafula, the project site supervisor from Suleigh Engineering Ltd
attributed the defects to a lack of good construction materials in the area. He
says that they will rectify the defects.