How do­nated health cen­tre will ben­e­fit Edo dis­placed per­sons

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

Be­fore now, In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDP) at the Uhuogua Camp in Ovia North East, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment of Edo state had dif­fi­culty ac­cess­ing health care ser­vices.

The IDPs told our re­porter that they had to travel to other places or wait for free med­i­cal out­reaches by some or­ga­ni­za­tions to ac­cess health­care.

They said they faced un­told hard­ships trav­el­ing out of the com­mu­nity with their lean re­sources just to re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ments.

How­ever re­cently, a -five room-health cen­tre was built for them by a non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, Ru­ral Health Ini­tia­tive for Im­proved Liv­ing (RHIIL).

“Be­fore, we had to travel to Benin metropo­lis be­fore get­ting treat­ment. But now that we have a health cen­tre within the camp, it would be eas­ier for us,” said Tani Phile­mon, a dis­placed per­son at the camp.

Another dis­placed per­son, Jum­mai Filibus, said most dis­placed per­sons at the camp rarely re­ceive early treat­ment when­ever they fell sick, and only re­lied on divine intervention when they fall sick at night.

On his part, Andrew Ilias, another res­i­dent of the camp said the health chal­lenges of the IDPS would be eas­ily at­tended to now that the health cen­tre was lo­cated in the camp.

Co­or­di­na­tor of the camp, Pas­tor Folorun­sho Solomon, noted that the cen­tre would im­prove the health and liv­ing stan­dard of the peo­ple in the camp.

While com­mend­ing the donor of the health cen­tre, he called on the gov­ern­ment to help in the pro­vi­sion of drugs.

Edo State Com­mis­sioner for Health, David Osifo, as­sured the IDPs that the state gov­ern­ment would pro­vide qual­i­fied health per­son­nel for the cen­tre. He com­mended the NGO for the ges­ture, and called on other or­gan­i­sa­tions to sup­port the IDPs.

Pres­i­dent of Ru­ral Health Ini­tia­tive for Im­proved Liv­ing (RHIIL), Rev. Mrs. Josephine Kpere-Daibo, said the NGO de­cided to build the health cen­tre for the camp to bring health care ser­vice closer to the IDPS, and pre­vent out­break of dis­eases in the camp.

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