The Tororo District authorities have secured Shs45 million to repair Tororo Hospital sewerage system.
This follows the Daily Monitor story of January 29 about pipes that burst in the hospital, sending a foul smell to the surrounding areas.
The sewerage system was dilapidated and clogged.
The Chief Administrative Officer, Mr Vitalis Oswan, said the funds had been secured under the Local Government management service delivery programme.
To overhaul the system, the district needs an estimated Shs2 billion. The acquired money will, therefore, make partial repairs.
“We have written to the Ministry of Health to boost the district budget to raise about Shs2 billion to enable us carry out total overhaul of the current sewerage system, which needs to be connected to the main sewerage line to end the smell and flow of human waste in the compound,” said Mr Oswan.
He was speaking during the handover of the sewerage line to Majaz Uganda Limited to start the rehabilitation.
The District Health Officer, Dr David Okumu, appealed to the contractor to adhere to the agreed terms of the contract and do the work as quickly as possible to address the problem.
“Please ensure that all your workers use protective gears to avoid contracting of diseases during the course of the work,” said Dr Okumu.