Bank Secretary, Bank of Uganda (BoU) Mrs Susan Kanyemiwa has welcomed Government plans to upgrade Omel Health Centre II in Gulu to a health centre III status, noting that mothers deserve to give birth in a proper health facility with appropriate medical equipment.
Mrs. Kanyemibwa on Friday October 8, 2021 led a team from BoU to handover a renovated maternity ward, patient’s outpatient department, rainwater harvesting system, delivery beds as well as other medical equipment and supplies that will enhance the provision of maternal healthcare at Omel health centre II in Gulu district.
Delivering a speech on behalf of Governor, Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, she noted that this renovated facility will serve the community more effectively because the BoU, the Gulu district officials, and the management and staff of this health centre worked smoothly together to uplift this facility. “With the extension and renovation of the maternity ward, our mothers will give birth in a proper health facility with appropriate medical equipment,” she said.
According to Mrs. Kanyemibwa, the refurbishment of the health facility is the culmination of an initiative that BoU began in 2016 as part of activities to commemorate its 50th anniversary. One of the activities was a charity walk (under the theme “Maternal and Child Healthcare for a Healthy Society,) whose proceeds have been used to complete works and renovate 3 Health Centres, namely: Bwizibwera Health Centre IV in Mbarara (in 2029), Ayivuni Health Centre III in Arua (in 2020) and Nakaloke Health Centre III in Mbale (in 2020).
“Beyond BoU’s mandate, it is pertinent that we get involved with the social needs of the communities and do what we can to ensure that the population we are impacting is not just financially stable, but healthy too. This is because, for businesses to thrive, the individuals must be healthy first, she said, noting that the Bank plans to support health centers in all the 9 regions where BoU has presence, with similar projects in Fort Portal, Masaka, Kabale, Jinja and Lira.
Ms. Jane Anyang, the In-charge, Omel Heatlh Centre II said that while it was a small facility, it serves a community of about 1000 people. She noted that at least 10 mothers will be comfortably catered for in the newly renovated premises, and urged the mothers to utilise the refurbished facility. Ms Anyang said the rainwater harvesting system was a timely intervention, given that “When mothers come to the health centre during thedry season, the location of the nearest water source is 2 km. “
The acting District Health Officer, Mr. Kenneth Cana described the renovated facility as, “A milestone in terms of improving the quality of maternal and child healthcare and welfare of the community.”
The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Mr. Geoffrey Okaka lauded Bank of Uganda for the donation to a health facility in a very remote area. “We thank Bank of Uganda for holding our hand and deepening decentralisation. This place is quite remote and distant from other health service delivery points. That’s why we picked on Omel as the location for refurbishment.”
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr, Stephen Latek Odongo said that because Omel has since been transformed into a sub-county, the health centre will be upgraded into a health centre III. Mr Lanek said that given that Bank of Uganda was a centre of excellence in line with its vision, all the health centres receiving BoU support should reflect the same mark of excellence.