Construction of medical workers’ hostel launched

Lira RDC Robert Abak [holding a hoe] during the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday.

The construction of staff quarters for Lira Regional Referral Hospital [LRRH] has been launched.

A shs.2.48 billion development was launched on Tuesday at Lira regional referral hospital.

The development which is aimed at addressing the housing crisis at the hospital will see sixteen housing units comprising of one bedroom, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom completed in 18 months.

Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony, the hospital director Dr. Bernard Odur observed that out of the staff population at LRRH, only 6% are accommodated within the existing hospital staff quarters while the 94% are renting, something he says affects service delivery.

“In this occasion, we are observing another land mark for the hospital and that is continued improvement, continued construction of residential buildings for the staffs of Lira Regional Referral Hospital. The staffs at LRRH are poorly accommodated to say the least yet accommodation is one of those areas, one of those factors that are responsible for motivation of the staff,” Dr. Odur says.

Lira RDC Robert Abak [holding a hoe] during the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday. All photos by IMMACULATE AMONY.
Odur implored the contractors and consultant to do what is expected of them, stressing that they [hospital management] will closely monitor the progress of the works.

Meanwhile, the consultant from 2 AMBE Company Uganda Limited noted that they will too, closely monitor and supervise the works by the contractor and ensure that quality is guaranteed and that the project is concluded within the stipulated budget and duration.

“We would like to assure the hospital that we are not going to give you anything less than what you expect and we are going to be here full time. We are here for you, to answer your queries, we are representing the client, and I am ready at anytime so we are fully dedicated to this,” Viola assures.

Gai Mpaka, the administrative assistant at Block Technical Services, a company contracted to do the works asked for team work from all stakeholders in order for the work to move smoothly.

“We thank the contract committee for entrusting us with this job and we promise that we shall not disappoint you. We therefore call for support and cooperation from the consultant, administration and the contractor, let’s show each other course, guide each other and let’s have a team work for we are not varying parties,” Gai asked.

If completed, it will be the second housing units constructed, increasing the accommodation percentage from the current 6 to 8.

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