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Excitement As Otuke Health Center Re-opens After 10 Years

Pregnant mothers were among hundreds of residents of Alango village, Adwari Sub County in Otuke district, who celebrated on Thursday following the reopening of a health Center II.
Pregnant mothers were among hundreds of residents of Alango village, Adwari Sub County in Otuke district, who celebrated on Thursday following the reopening of a health Center II in the area.

Alango health center was established in 2000 but it closed in 2001 after medical workers abandoned it following persistent Lord’s Resistance Army rebel attacks in the area.

Residents believed that with reopening of Alango Health Centre II, they will now be able to easily access health services.

Northern Uganda state minister, Rebecca Amuge Otengo officiated at the re-opening ceremony. Otengo is touring the region to monitor projects being implemented under Peace, Recovery and Development program (PRDP) and NUSAFII.

Geoffrey Opio 35, a resident of Alango village, said they used to move for over 20 kms to Okwongo Health Centre II to access medical services.

Opio said he is now happy since they will start getting free drugs from the re-opened unit. He said he has been buying drugs for the past 10 years.

Twenty nine-year-old Jacinta Akello, a mother of five said she has never delivered from the health centres because of the long distance. Akello said she could not move for over 20 kms to access antenatal care during pregnancy.

Hellen Adong, 30, a pregnant mother of 5 said she has been suffering while accessing antenatal care from Okwongo health Centre, which she said, is very far.

Bosco Olwit Dagama, another resident said the unit’s functionality is very significant in the lives of people. He said the reopening of the unit has been long overdue for residents.

Dr.Charles Egwar, the Otuke district health officer said the unit will be providing antenatal care for mothers in the area. He noted that they have deployed about five medical staff to man the unit.

Minister Otengo, while commissioning a staff house built under PRDP at the unit, said Otuke has been selected to benefit from a special program under the office of the prime minister, which will be targeting improving health service delivery in the society.

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