In Abuja Health worker urges FG to provide access roads, water

Jatau made the appeal in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in Bwari.

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Volunteer Health officials wait to immunise children at a school in Nigeria's capital Abuja play Volunteer Health officials wait to immunise children at a school in Nigeria's capital Abuja. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)
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Mrs Elizabeth Jatau, Senior Community Health Worker, Kuduru Primary Health Care Centre, Bwari Council Area, FCT, has urged the Federal Government to provide access road and potable water to the centre.

Jatau made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Bwari.
She said that the absence of clean water and lack of access road to the only healthcare facility in the community often posed challenges for the residents to access proper health care delivery.
According to her, the facility also caters for anti-natal services for residents in other neighbouring communities, such as Peyi in Bwari and Kuchiko Ija in Niger State.
She said government should not relent in its efforts to construct access road to the community and should repair damaged parts of the road and provide potable water for the people.
“Lack of accessible road is one of our major challenges in this community, specifically we have problem of clean drinking water.
“We have one borehole in this health facility located in the community and sometimes the machine would develop a fault and we cannot get water, we most times buy from truck pushers.
“If pipe borne water could be provided so that the community dwellers can access good drinking water, it will help in preventing a lot of water-borne diseases.
“It will even ease our problem here, most times women and children come here with diarrhoea and related water borne diseases.
“We have discovered that most of the diseases are as a result of lack of clean drinking water,’’
she said

The official said that shortage of manpower at the health care centre also posed difficulties for pregnant mothers during child bearing.

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“As big as this facility is, we have only one midwife; the only midwife gets tied in the night after so much engagement during the day time.
“Sometimes when pregnant women come around and there is no one to attend to them, they resort to Traditional Birth Attendants services,”
Jatau said.

According to her, the primary health care centre has eight staff including a public health officer, a nurse, a midwife, and five other community health workers.