By Stanley Onyekwere
Healthcare delivery to residents in the FCT received a boost as Rotary Club Abuja Metro has donated a 10 bed Basic/Type 11 Primary Healthcare Centre valued at N22 million to support healthcare delivery system in the Territory.
It was gathered that facility located at Sauka, a community along Abuja Airport Road will serve over 35,000 indigenous people of Takushara, Brum, Wasa, Waru and Sauka in the Apo District of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
Performing the official inauguration and handing-over of the project, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, commended the Rotary Club for assisting the administration in bridging the gap in the demand of healthcare delivery among rural communities.
The Minister, who was represented by the Acting Secretary of FCT Primary Healthcare Board, Dr. Iwot Ndaeyo, assured that the administration will continue to cherish this partnership and kind gesture as demonstrated by the club’s increasing efforts to positively impact on its host communities.
Aliyu noting that the donation of the healthcare centre to the administration was one of the club’s objective contributions to the development of society, however, implored the benefiting communities to make good use of the facility to impress the givers to do more.
She assured that the FCT Administration (FCTA) will continue to boost the existing healthcare facilities across the six area councils to meet the high demand of residents in the health sector.
She disclosed that the administration has constructed additional 18 primary healthcare centres with 12 more at various stages of completion.
“Let me assure you that the FCT Administration will continue to cherish this partnership and kind gesture which has been consequent upon the club’s increasing efforts to positively impact on its host communities.
“This healthcare centre donated to the administration is one of the club’s objectives to contribute to the development of society. I implore the benefiting communities to make good use of the facility to impress the givers to do more.
“FCT has benefitted immensely from your wealth of experience, passion and focused contributions to eradicating the wild polio virus globally and strengthening Routine Immunization program.
“Our partnership with you, among others, has seen FCT being wild polio free for over 6 years as the last case was confirmed in the first quarter of 2013. You have strengthened our PHC facilities structures and system at Dutsen Garki and Piwoyi to mention a few”, she stressed.
Earlier, the president of Rotary Club Abuja Metro, Rotn. Omotunde Balogun, revealed that the choice of Sauka was based on the needs assessment carried out by the club, stressing that the villagers requested for the construction of a clinic to enable pregnant women access health facilities.
Balogun, also revealed that the centre has a mini laboratory, adding that the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency has graciously assisted the club with beds, equipment, chairs, generator and motorcycle.
“In 2018, when we carried out needs assessment, the villagers required for a clinic. According to them, pregnant women in labour were put to on motorcycle and taken to the nearest functional clinic in Kabusa which is about 10 kilometers away.
“Today, Rotary Club of Abuja Metro has built a ten-bed primary healthcare centre for the people of Sauka. The centre has a mini laboratory, and we have sunk a borehole, knowing full well that the clinic cannot run without water,” she affirmed.