By Sabir Musa

Aroi Health Centre III in Aroi Sub County, Arua District is operating without a placenta pit, also known as incinerator used to dispose-off placenta and other wastes from the facility.

Though it was constructed, the placenta is currently non-functional, forcing them to dump waste in a pit dug next to maternity ward.

The In-charge of the health Centre, Jane Brenda says, lack of incinerator affects the services at the facility.

The Sub County LC 3 Chairperson, Levi Dema says, Aroi Health Centre 3 continues facing challenges despite being the leading health center in the district.

According to the Acting District Health Officer, Paul Bishop, the facility ceases to be health centre 3. He says, plans are underway to address the challenge.

Aroi Health Centre III is serving an estimate of 28,000 people from 6 parishes and 56 villages in the district.

Aroi Health Centre III in Aroi Sub County, Arua District is operating without a placenta pit, commonly known as incinerator which is used to dispose-off placenta and other medical wastes from the facility.

A placenta pit was constructed at the health center, but currently it is non-functional hence forcing them to dump waste in a pit dug next to maternity ward.

The In-charge of the health Centre, Jane Brenda Candiru says, lack of incinerator is impacting on the services at this facility.

‘when the challenges are not addressed, the health center will not function well’ said the In-charge.

The Sub County Local Council III Chairperson, Levi Dema Yikii reveals the Aroi Health Centre III continues facing challenges despite being the leading health center in the district.

‘Amidst all achievements done by the communities and government, we still have problems and challenges, this is a unique health facility so far in Arua District, from the history, this unit has been leading in mother service delivery in the district’ Dema said.

According to the Acting District Health Officer, Paul Bishop Drileba, the facility ceases to be a health center III, since it does not have a placenta pit. But he said, plans are underway to address the challenge.

‘… a facility is labelled a health centre III if it has a placenta pit, the absence of a plasenta pit at the facility means that it is a health centre II’ Dr. reacted.

Aroi Health Centre III is serving an estimate of 28,000 people from 6 parishes and 56 villages in the district.

It was all celebrations as MTN Uganda handed over and reopened a renovated and equipped maternity ward in Aroi Health Centre 3.

The maternity ward was renovated and equipped by MTN Uganda through its arm of Corporate Social Responsibility under MTN Uganda Foundation.

While speaking during the handover ceremony, MTN Uganda Acting Chief Executive Officer, Gordian Kyomukama pledge to continue supporting different communities.

‘We are very pleased to celebrate 20 years with you and more as we handover this refurbished health centre,… we continue listening to you whenever you complain, we want to continue being relevant to you, touching your live and giving services that really change your life’ said the Ag. CEO

The District Woman Member Of Parliament for Arua District, Maureen Osoru who was the Chief Guest at the function urged leaders to monitor the equipment offered to ensure they last long.

‘When something is given to us like this, we try our level best to give durability, let’s try to maintain that are given to us’ the MP urged.

The Acting District Health Officer, Paul Bishop Drileba said, ‘for the last six month, this facility only received only about fifty eight deliveries, out of the expected one hundred and eighteen. What we have received here, I believe the number will increase’

The In-charge of this health centre, Jane Jane Candiru commended the company for supporting this facility.

However, the Sub County Chairman, Dema Lenny says, the council has been fighting against traditional birth.

‘our council passed a by-law to fine mothers who give birth at home to end traditional birth’

The health centre is equipped with beds, mattresses, mosquito nets and blankets among others by the organisation through its Cooperate Social Responsibility as it marks 20 years of existence in the county. End