Ministry of Health has announced plans to revamp all major health facilities along the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) corridor.
The Ministry Permanent Secretary Diana Atwiine on Monday went on a field tour of these facilities, many of which were found in wanting conditions.
Atwiine expressed fear that these facilities will not be able to cope with the increasing population in the pipeline corridor.
“We came here to evaluate the readiness of the existing health facilities in the ten districts along the EACOP route to provide the required health services given the expected influx of people during the construction phase; identify the gaps and plan strategic interventions in order to address them,” Dr. Atwine said.
The PS and her team visited facilities in Gomba, Ssembabule, Lwengo, Rakai and Kyotera districts.
The ministry had earlier in May last year, conducted a similar assessment in the districts of Nwoya, Buliisa, Kikuube, Hoima, Kakumiro, and Mubende.
Working with the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), Diana Atwiine announced that the Health Ministry will be embarking on a renovation project for these facilities to ensure that they meet the required standards to benefit all the relevant stakeholders and most especially the surrounding communities.
“Most of the health facilities will be enhanced with standby ambulances, emergency units, fridges for blood storage as well as re-modeling and refurbishment of some facilities. Additional equipment will also be provided especially in the operating theatres as well as recruitment of supplementary staff,” she said.
Uganda’s Oil and Gas sector is transitioning from exploration and appraisal phase to the development phase in preparation for sustainable production of the petroleum resources that have been discovered in the country.
The EACOP is being developed to transport the produced crude oil from Hoima in Uganda to Tanga port in Tanzania.