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Upgrade of Angetta, Awei Health Center IIs Stalls

In May 2018, Alebtong district received Shillings 1 billion from the World Bank for the upgrade of the two Health Center to HCIII's under the Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfer Program for Results- IFTPR, intended to improve health service delivery to the community. The district contracted Otada Holdings Company Limited to undertake the works.

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The construction of Angetta and Awei Health Center IIs in Alebtong district has stalled following the decision by the contractor to abandon the two sites citing lack of funds. The Shillings 1 billion projects started in May 2018 and were expected to last for eight months.

In May, 2018, Alebtong district received Shillings 1 billion from the World Bank for the upgrade of the two Health Center to HCIII's under the Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfer Program for Results- IFTPR, intended to improve health service delivery to the community. The district contracted Otada Holdings Company Limited to undertake the works.

The scope of work comprises construction of the maternity ward, three-stanza pit latrine, placenta pit, medical works pit and renovation of the Outpatient Department (OPD) and Staff house. Angillo Okello Ajoka, the Alebtong district vice-chairman, says that the contractor has abandoned the site before completing the works due to financial constraints.

Ajoka says that they have already briefed the Health Ministry on the matter but no steps have been taken to ensure the contractor resumes work.

Sam Otada, the Managing Director Otada Holdings Company Limited says that they are still waiting for money from the Health ministry to complete the works because they are financially constrained. He says that they are undertaking similar works in Kiryandongo district but the ministry has delayed releasing the money to enable them to complete the works.

Hellen Acio, a mother says that they expected to use the facility in 2019 but it has stalled for over two years now. She asked the contractor to expedite the construction so that they can access services. George Obote, another resident says that they have never received any communication from either the contractor or the district since the site was abandoned in December 2018.

He said at the time the contractor left the site; some workers were still demanding their pay. Dr. Tonny Odung, the Alebtong District Health Officer, says that the project stalled after the money meant for the project was returned to the national treasury in 2019.

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Odung however said the district has already recovered the funds from the ministry awaiting the recommencement of the project.

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