The contract for the Satellite Lab was awarded to Alliance Technical Services Limited with funding from the World Bank through the Ministry of Health in June 2018 at a tune of 2.5 Billion Shillings for 2two years.
Leaders in Arua district have expressed concern about the delay to
complete the construction of a new satellite laboratory at Arua Regional
The contract for the Satellite Lab was awarded to Alliance
Technical Services Limited with funding from the World Bank through the
Ministry of Health in June 2018 at a tune of 2.5 Billion Shillings for two
Although the Lab was to be commissioned in August 2020, the Lab is
still currently at the painting level.
Yonas Oboth the Hospital Administrator of Arua Regional Referral
Hospital said the delays to complete the laboratory has taken a toll on the
hospital resources since samples have to be taken to Adjumani, where there is a
recognized Lab to carry out tests.
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Robert Ochieng the Deputy Resident District Commissioner of Arua
District appealed to the contractors to speed up the process since the facility
in Adjumani is not adequate to handle the population of the West Nile region.
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Patrick Rubongoya the Engineer of Pan Modern Consults Limited the
consulting engineer explains that the demolition of the old structure cost them
a lot of time, in addition, to the change of design for the new facility which was in
line with the Ministry of Health’s recommendation.
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Yvonne Mirembe the Engineer of Alliance Technical Services
Limited, has promised to ensure the construction is completed as soon as
possible and handed over to the district by June 30 this year.
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progress of works.//
Once completed, the
satellite lab will be the second to that of Adjumani district where all the
Covid-19 tests are currently being done and are expected to serve the districts of West
Nile, South Sudan and DR Congo.