By Emmanuel Okwii
The community of Abur Village in Osukuru hills Tororo district can now have a reason to smile and easily access medical services after a team of Rotarians from the United States of America sacrificed their resources to construct a simple and modern health facility in the area.
The team of volunteers under their umbrella organization Anti-Hill Foundation courtesy of Tororo Women Empowerment and Orphans Programme visited the area last year and found that there was an urgent need for the health facility in the area to reduce on the distance of accessing medical services among the residents.
During the partial handover of the facility to the community today, the Vice president of the Anti-Hill Foundation Mr. Larry Rhodes said the constructed health facility is part of the social and corporate responsibility of the rotary club to restore hope among the vulnerable communities.
He said besides constructing the facility, they will also continue soliciting for more resources towards the upkeep of the medical workers and offsetting other expenditures on utilities and this should not stop the community from cost sharing to avoid entire dependency on donor support.
The director Tororo Women Empowerment and Orphans Programme Peter Omuse said the facility is expected to serve over 3000 people.
He appealed to the community to own the facility by ensuring that they mobilize themselves to come and access medical services to reduce on the reported huge death rate due to the scarcity of the health facilities in the area.
One of the women confirmed that Abur is one of the villages with the highest rates of infant and mortality death because sometimes communities neglect to move long distance in a bid to seek for medical services which are located over 5 kilometers away accompanied with the poor state of roads leading up to the isolated hill.