Imo Community Gets First Primary Health Center After Decades

Imo, HealthReprieve has come for the people of Umuchima community in Ideato south local government area of Imo state, following the commissioning of the first ever Primary Health Care center, newly built in the area after over three decades.

Speaking to Channels Television, the overjoyed residents described the development as a dream come true, stating that the new health center would surely end the high number of maternal and infant mortality recorded in the area.

According to them, the nearest MDG health centre is located in Ogboko community, a village about five kilometers away from Umuchima.

Men, women, youths and children trooped into the arena of the newly built health centre to witness the commissioning.

Primary health care delivery, which is the first level point of care for any individual with health problems, ought to cater for over 60% of Nigerians who seek health care services especially in the rural communities.

However, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), believes that the poor primary healthcare services in the nation, has been as a result of inadequate funding of the health sector.

Commissioning the new health centre, was representative of the Minister for women affairs and social development, Jummai Al-Hassan, and the Imo state Commissioner for Health and Women Affairs, Ngozi Njoku.

After the official handing over of the health centre to the Imo state government, Mrs Njoku, said the new clinic is in line with the Okorocha-led administration’s committment to delivering quality health care to the people at the grassroots.

She then urged the people to take ownership of the Centre and protect it for durability and quality delivery.

Jummai Al-Hassan on the other hand, said the Ministry of women affairs will collaborate with the Ministry of Health to ensure that the health care centre gets the necessary equipment and needed support from the federal government.

This is coming few days after residents of Avu community in Owerri west local government area of the state, also cried out to the government to fix the poor state of health in the area.

Hopefully, Avu residents could also benefit from the development in Umuchima community while they wait on the government to also grant their requests.

NGO Partners With Imo, Sinks Borehole In 3 Communities

The Uzotex Foundation in partnership with the Imo state government on Saturday commissioned boreholes in Umulewe, Ntueke and Umuchima communities in Ideato south local government area of the state; bringing a 25-year struggle for portable and drinkable water to an end.

The Imo State Commissioner for Planning and Economic Development, Professor Boniface Iwuchukwu disclosed that the project is part of the Okorocha led administration’s plan to bring utmost development to the grassroots as well as positively touch the lives of people living in the rural areas.

During the commissioning of the newly sunk water bore holes, the Professor Iwuchukwu commended the foundation for its humanitarian works in the area of poverty eradication and rural water projects to underprivileged communities.

Speaking to Channels Television, the villagers revealed that water has been a major problem for women and children who sometimes fall into the river when they trek as long as 5 kilometers every morning and night to fetch water in neighbouring villages.

They also said that the Orashi stream has been their only option; which serves as an all purpose river for drinking, washing and many other purpose even in its impurity.

They expressed their gratitute and said that the project is a rare privilege.

However, they called on the government to help with other basic amenities such as good roads and electricity.