NURHI-2 Re­mod­els Okoko­maiko PHC, Cre­ates FP Unit

THISDAY - - NEWS - Re­becca Eji­foma

Fol­low­ing its plans to im­prove re­pro­duc­tive health ser­vices in the coun­try, the Nige­rian Ur­ban Re­pro­duc­tive Health Ini­tia­tive 2 (NURHI 2) has es­tab­lished a fam­ily plan­ning clinic at the Okoko­maiko Pri­mary Health Cen­tre, Iba Lo­cal Coun­cil De­vel­op­ment Area (LCDA) in La­gos.

The Se­nior Pro­gramme Of­fi­cer, Ad­vo­cacy, NURHI 2, Mr. Wale Haas­trup says the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ef­fort was borne out of the need to re­duce the high rate of ma­ter­nal and child mor­tal­ity in the state through the up-take of fam­ily plan­ning, adding that it will also con­tinue to pro­mote the use of FP in the com­mu­ni­ties.

“For us to pro­mote the use of FP ser­vices, we have to up­grade the fa­cil­ity to the ba­sic stan­dards they should be.

This will help the providers de­liver op­ti­mal qual­ity ser­vices to clients and pa­tients.

“Our con­cept of 72-hour make-over is said to be tar­geted at 50 health fa­cil­i­ties where it is cur­rently work­ing. We are in the process of get­ting ad­di­tional 50 fa­cil­i­ties. The idea is for fam­ily plan­ning ser­vice com­modi­ties to be read­ily avail­able in com­mu­ni­ties,” Haas­trup said.

He, how­ever, de­cried that when the right equip­ments are not avail­able, qual­ity of health de­liv­ery is af­fected. “The fed­eral gov­ern­ment said FP should be free at all lev­els. But when the fa­cil­i­ties do not have the right equip­ment to help pro­vide these ser­vices, it will af­fect choices and qual­ity de­liv­ery.

“So, NURHI has pro­vided these com­modi­ties and equip­ment to fa­cil­i­tate all nec­es­sary ser­vices for those who want them. It will ben­e­fit moth­ers, chil­dren, fathers and the fam­ily as a whole,” he said.

As a tool to re­duce ma­ter­nal and child death, the Chair­man of Iba LCDA, Mr. Ramota Oseni, com­mended the group for the ges­ture of ren­o­va­tion and cre­at­ing FP depart­ment. “We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate this Ini­tia­tive.

It is laud­able. It is good for other bod­ies to recog­nise that the gov­ern­ment can­not do it alone and that is why we are happy with this ini­tia­tive.”

Oseni, rep­re­sented by the Vice-Chair­man of the LGA, Hon. Isi­aka Yaya, said: “Now that this fa­cil­ity has been re­mod­elled and FP depart­ment es­tab­lished, our peo­ple will be com­ing here. We need more of this kind of ini­tia­tives and com­mit­ment from nec­es­sary stake­hold­ers in the health sec­tor.

Even we, the gov­ern­ment, have plans for the health sec­tor in out com­mu­ni­ties.”

Speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion, Baale of Okoko­maiko, Mr. Wa­habi Eletu, af­firmed that there was need to in­ten­sify aware­ness on the ben­e­fits of FP to the peo­ple. “There is need for in­creased gov­ern­ment’s pres­ence in the community to fa­cil­i­tate growth and de­vel­op­ment.”

The Baale main­tained that the peo­ple would be com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that the unit was sus­tained and peo­ple were mo­bilised. “We shall en­cour­age peo­ple to use the ser­vices.”

Mean­while, the Chief Nurs­ing Of­fi­cer, Okoko Ward B, Mrs. Kent O. Mi­firinso, lauded the group for the em­u­la­tive step in re­pair­ing and cre­at­ing FP depart­ment in the cen­tre. “The town hall was de­cided to be used as health­care cen­tre be­cause they have a lot of health cases. When they have se­ri­ous cases they are re­ferred to another place to be taken care of.”

Ac­cord­ing to her, “since the group built FP unit for us, we have had up to 15 peo­ple ac­cess FP here.

Al­though some­times we feel de­jected, NUHRI has given us hope with this ren­o­va­tion and good toi­let fa­cil­ity.”

“Now, the cen­tre opens from Mon­days to Fri­days. We give the women all the items for FP for free in­clud­ing the com­modi­ties.

We just plead that NURHI and any other or­gan­i­sa­tion should pro­vide more com­modi­ties for the con­sumers. Like some of the women, who come here ap­pre­ci­ate our ef­forts with N200 or N100.

We gather all of it and buy some plas­tic buck­ets, dis­in­fec­tant and oth­ers small items,” she said.

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