BY MARKO TAIBOT
ADJUMANI: WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2023
Adjumani district local government launched the construction of a sh1.6 billion Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to handle critical conditions under the Development Response to Displacement Impact Projects (DRDIP).
Stephen Okomi, the chairperson Community Procurement Management Committee (CPMC) of Forua village in Adjumani town council said they are closely monitoring the progress of the work to ensure that the facility is constructed according to the design.
“We are very happy about the progress of the work, this was our first priority among other pressing issues like staff house and a morgue, we want to ensure it is well done,” Akomi said.
Willison Adracha, the site engineer of Zawadi Construction Company limited that was awarded the contract, confirmed that the work is now at beam level adding that they expect to complete the work within the time allocated.
The district health officer of Adjumani, Dr. Dominic Drametu, observed that the ICU would be a live saving facility for the district, which has been grabbling with a lack of ICU units for many years.
“The Intensive care Unit facility once completed with be fully equipped with four intensive care Unit beds and six High Dependent beds, Monitors, life support, ventilators, an oxygen plant, and power backup,” Drametu said.
He added that the hospital currently has 4 Neonatal Care Unit beds which have been constrained due lack of critical nurses trained to sustain life.
“Once the facility is completed the challenge is the district does not have the critical care nurse and emergence care doctors like Surgeons, and physicians. We are going to do internal training of the existing nurses and doctors to start work in the new facility once it is completed,” Drametu said.
The DRDIP desk officer, Abubakar Gulam, said the ICU facility is one of the projects the district is implementing out of the 27 infrastructure sub-projects under the 7th disbursement of DRDIP in host communities and refugees’ settlements.
Gulam revealed that the 27 sub-projects have a total value of shs14bn and all the 27 sub-projects have a completion timeline of 6 months and that is when DRDIP’s first phase ends.