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Uganda: ICRC hands over two health centres

02-06-2009 News Release 09/107

Kampala (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has finished rebuilding Lugore and Labworomor Health Centres, in the Gulu district of northern Uganda, which about 14,000 people depend on for health services. The head of the ICRC sub-delegation in Gulu, Ynske Vandormael, today handed over the upgraded health facilities to the Gulu district chairperson.

In Gulu district, 6,200 people rely on Lugore health centre, which has been renovated by the ICRC.    
In Gulu district the ICRC renovated Labworomor health centre, which serves about 7,800 people.    

At Lugore, which some 6,200 people rely on for health services, the ICRC renovated the existing structure and constructed an in-patient unit with a separate maternity room. It also built a staff house for four families, a waste disposal system and a venue for immunizations and community meetings. In addition, the ICRC drilled a borehole and fitted it with a hand pump.

At Labworomor, which serves about 7,800 people, the ICRC upgraded the old facility, built an eight-bed maternity block and a waste disposal system, and motorized the existing borehole.

The ICRC also provided training for medical staff, traditional birth attendants and volunteers at both health centres. According to Jovana Ajok, the nurse in charge,'' since the ICRC started providing essential equipment, medical supplies, drugs and training, the number of patients visiting the centres has almost doubled. "

Over the last three years, the ICRC has provided support for 14 health centres serving more than 120,000 people in the four Acholi districts (Gulu, Kitgum, Pader and Amuru) of northern Uganda. As the health-care situation there is improving, the ICRC will be winding up its support in the coming months.

For further information, please contact:
  Pascal Jequier, ICRC Kampala, tel: +256 772 221 994 or +256 41 341 605/6
  Anna Schaaf, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 2271 or +41 79 217 3217