Is this a case of ‘what our government could not do’?
Well, in a bid reduce maternal mortality rate, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Kwali area council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Dr. Okeke Kanayo, has built a healthcare centre in Fula community of the council. The health centre, valued at N3.9 million has five rooms including a consulting room, waiting room, nurses’ station, dispensary room, emergency and recovery room.
Speaking at the commissioning of the project on Wednesday, Kanayo said he embarked on the project as a way of helping to reduce incidents of maternal mortality in the council.
According to him, health centre would bring some respite to people of the community who often had to embark on a long journey before having access to health care facilities.
The Chairman of the council, Mr. Joseph Shazin Kwali, who was represented by the supervisory councillor for Works and Housing, Mr Danjuma Dauda, commissioned the project. He assured the community that the project would be sustained on the long run.
‘I am aware that this same corps member has been involved in several medical out reaches particularly in the deworming of school children and distribution of mosquito treated nets in
various communities since the commencement of his primary assignment in the council. I promise him, the entire people of Fuka and its environs that the clinic will be put to good use.’
Shazin offered immediate employment to the corps member after the completion of his NYSC and as well recommended him for an award.
The Chief of Ashara, Alhaji Saliu Husseini said, ‘This community is located in the interior and our challenge here has been to travel for two or more hours to be able to get to Kwali town to seek medical services. With this clinic, I am very sure the problem will be addressed and my appeal to Kwali area council is to expedite action in ensuring that full operation commences at the clinic.’
The Area Council promises to equip the clinic, but already some hospital equipment have been donated by some hospitals, NGOs and individuals. The Clinic will be set to attend to the health care needs of the community soon after the commission.