In continuation on the state of Primary Health Care Centres in rural communities in the Federal Capital Territory, Kapital FM correspondent Parisa Samuel visited Kwali Area Council to ascertain the situation.
Findings indicate that most Primary Health Care Centres in the area lack necessary facilities, health personnel while some of the centres run skeletal services, others are not functional.
Most communities in Kwali Area Council have Primary health care centers either built by pprevious administrations of the council or built by subvention funds to some communities.
Some Primary Health Care Centres run skeletal services due to lack of man power, poor power supply and lack of necessary facilities needed for quality services to the people at the grassroots.
One of such primary health care center is that of Lambata a neighbouring community to Kwali Township.
Mrs Clementina Ijoga and Mr Emmanuel Idoko who are residents of Lambata said the primary health care center apart from not functioning has become a refuse dump ground.
A resident of Bukpe community Prince Ibrahim Barde noted aside the good building of thier Primary health care, it is has only one medical personal.
He also added that in Chida and Dapa communities only one medical personal serve in thier Primary health care that was built by subvention funds.
On her part, a health worker with Sheda Primary health care center Mrs Patience Sunday urged the council’s authority to employ more staff, provide drugs and other facilities to the centres for effective health care service delivery.
According to the Etsu of Kwali Dr Shaban Nizazo the third, there is need for primary health care workers to be disciplined in the discharge of their duties by being patriotic in serving Humanity.
Dr Nizazo also advised government at all levels to always provide the necessary equipment and drugs to health care centers in rural areas to safeguard the health of the people.
All efforts to speak with the Area Council authorities as at reporting time proved abortive.
By Parisa Samuel