ASO CHRON­I­CLE Go­mani res­i­dents want govt to re­visit aban­doned hos­pi­tal pro­ject

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Taiwo Adeniyi, Olayemi JohnMen­sah & Eseohe Eb­hota

The res­i­dents of Go­mani, a com­mu­nity in Kwali Area Coun­cil has ap­pealed to coun­cil author­i­ties to re­visit the aban­doned hos­pi­tal build­ing in the com­mu­nity. The res­i­dents said the hos­pi­tal build­ing has been aban­doned for more than five years with the bricks now weak and the roof cav­ing in.

They said if the area coun­cil and the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tion fail to in­ter­vene, the aim of the pro­ject would be jeop­ar­dized. Suleiman Isa, one of the chief’s of­fi­cials said res­i­dents were left with another small di­lap­i­dated build­ing as a pri­mary healthcare cen­tre, which he said could not ad­dress the health chal­lenges of the res­i­dents.

On many oc­ca­sions, he said the vil­lagers were forced to take sick rel­a­tives to Kwali, sev­eral kilo­me­tres away. He said such trips were made trau­matic by the de­plorable road that leads to the com­mu­nity.

“Doc­tors come once in a while,” Suleiman said through an in­ter­preter. He said that in the build­ing that serves as a pri­mary healthcare cen­tre, there is short­age of drugs, fa­cil­i­ties and enough hands. While de­scrib­ing healthcare as an im­por­tant need for ru­ral dwellers, he con­demned the way it is been han­dled by the gov­ern­ment.

He also said res­i­dents drink from River Gu­rara de­spite hav­ing more than three mech­a­nized bore­holes in the com­mu­nity. Another res­i­dent, Hal­ima Musa, said drink­ing from the stream ex­poses the res­i­dents, es­pe­cially chil­dren, to many wa­ter borne dis­eases, in­clud­ing skin rashes and di­ar­rhea. She lamented that the ab­sence of a good doc­tor at the pri­mary healthcare cen­tre in the com­mu­nity height­ens their chal­lenges.

Suleiman said the chal­lenges of the res­i­dents is not lim­ited to the lack of potable wa­ter and aban­doned hos­pi­tal build­ing, “We spent N400 daily send­ing our chil­dren to school in Pai, Dafa or Yan­goji,” he added.

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