Omoro Leaders Disagree Over Relocation of Northern Region Cancer Treatment Land.

Omoro district leaders are bickering over the allocation of a new plot of land for construction of the Northern Regional Cancer Treatment Centre.
The Omoro district local government in 2017 earmarked four acres of land in Pageya Parish in Koro Sub County for the construction of the facility before it agreed to offer part of its land for Gulu City.
But on July 24th 2019 the district council passed a resolution to shift the land to a 20 acres plot of land in Bobi Sub County in Tochi County.
The land situated next to Bobi Health Centre III was formerly the administrative land for Omoro County.
But Justine Odong Obiya, the Koro Sub County LC3 chairperson says the decision is only a move to deny his area of benefit from such a mega development.
He demanded that Omoro district council revoke the decision arguing that it will frustrate the development which commenced early this year with a feasibility study, land demarcation and building plan by government.
Damasco Odongo, the Omoro district Speaker strongly disagrees with Obiya noting that the facility must remain in Omoro since the earlier proposed area will be annexed to Gulu city soon.
‘’we want it (referring to institute) to be under Omoro not in Gulu city’’. Odongo said in a phone interview.
Nonetheless, Douglas Peter Okello the Omoro district chairperson said whether in Omoro or Gulu the institute is meant to help the population of Northern Uganda, Lango Sub Region and West Nile.
He concurs that the land in Bobi Sub County is more adequate and can accommodate the cancer facility and its staff houses and a waiting room for patients and their attendants compared to that in Koro.
Okello disclosed that the district through the Chief Administrative Officer has formerly written to the ministry over the new development.
When contacted Emmanuel Anebyoona the Ministry of Health spokesperson said the matter is yet to be confirmed by the ministry and did not disclose when the construction will commence.
The facility is one of the four regional cancer centers that government plans to establish across the country.
The others will be in Arua, Mbarara, and Mbale according to a plan unveiled by the Ministry of Health in 2016.
The facilities once constructed will offer cancer screening, testing, diagnosis, treatment and preventive sensitization.
Omoro was in 2017 selected to host the facility following a request from Gulu Regional Referral Hospital which was initially selected to host it but did not have enough land to accommodate the request.
The facilities will be established with a soft loan from the Austrian government with the intent of extending cancer care services closer to the population.
Currently cancer treatment is centralized only at Uganda Cancer Institute at Mulago, Kampala.
St Mary`s Hospital Lacor is the only major health facility treating cancer in Northern Uganda.
The most diagnosed forms of cancer of the cervix and Burkit Lymphoma among women and children respectively.
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