Health cen­tre brings re­lief to Shere Koko com­mu­nity

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Pe­bang Dan­ladi

Ja­pan Em­bassy in Nige­ria, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with a non gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, has built, equipped and do­nated a pri­mary health­care cen­tre to Shere Koko res­i­dents.

Be­fore now, res­i­dents of the com­mu­nity in Bwari Area Coun­cil, trav­elled long dis­tances to neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties to ac­cess health­care.

The health cen­tre con­sists of 15 beds - three in a male ward, six in a fe­male ward, four for post­na­tal and two for a ma­ter­nity ward.

“The labour room has an at­tached toilet and store,” said Selina Enyioha, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Cit­i­zen’s Health Ed­u­ca­tion and Devel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive (CHEIDI) that worked with the Ja­panese em­bassy on the health cen­tre.

Con­struc­tion of the health cen­tre in Shere Koko started in 2016.

Re­call­ing the con­di­tion of the old health fa­cil­ity Enyioha, said, “I re­alised that the cen­tre was even worse than I imag­ined! Three-quar­ters of the roof had been blown off by the wind; most rooms had no doors and the toi­lets and bath­rooms were be­ing used as garbage dumps.

“The labour room had a se­ri­ously leak­ing roof, damp floor and rusted de­liv­ery bed. Women were be­ing at­tended to for an­te­na­tal care in a room where the roof was al­most rest­ing on their heads.”

She en­gaged the Ja­panese em­bassy and CHEIDI got the con­tract to build the new health fa­cil­ity - a so­lar­pow­ered health cen­tre with a hand pump bore­hole.

The Ja­panese am­bas­sador to Nige­ria, Sadanobu Kusaoke, said, “Im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life is on our top agenda for our en­gage­ment with Nige­ria.”

He said grant as­sis­tance for grass­roots hu­man se­cu­rity projects had been made on 158 projects be­fore Shere Koko, adding that the as­sis­tance in Shere Koko is ex­pected to im­prove ba­sic med­i­cal ser­vices for res­i­dents and serve as a build­ing block for a bet­ter Nige­ria.

Health Min­is­ter Isaac Ade­wole said the new health cen­tre “is a step to bridg­ing the gap” in the health care de­liv­ery.

In his com­ments, pre­sented by Akin Oke­makinde, Di­rec­tor of Health Plan­ning Re­search and Statis­tics, the min­is­ter said the Fed­eral Govern­ment was com­mit­ted to re­vamp­ing pri­mary health care and fos­ter­ing link­ages for an­te­na­tal ser­vices.

Umar Akoshi Shere, a res­i­dent of Shere Koko, said the new health care cen­tre will save res­i­dents the hor­ror of trav­el­ling the sev­eral kilo­me­tres’ drive through de­plorable road.

“Ev­ery­body is happy, be­cause be­fore the con­struc­tion, when you see what served us as hos­pi­tal you will be sad due to its di­lap­i­dated state,” said Shere.

While re­call­ing her or­deals to ac­cess­ing qual­ity health­care, Aisha Mo­hammed said she trav­elled sev­eral kilo­me­tres on a mo­tor­cy­cle to de­liver her three chil­dren.

The Shere Koko PHC

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