ASO CHRONICLE Gomani residents want govt to revisit abandoned hospital project
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.