ONE WEEK, ONE PROJECT: NCHETA OMEREKPE TACKLES THE CHALLENGES OF BIDEVILLING HEALTH CARE DELIVERY IN RURAL COMMUNITIES (4)

By Prince Clinton Uba

wHealthy living is very important in the life of every human being. A malaria bout, which is rampant in our part of the world is enough to knock you out for several days and if proper medical attention is not provided to the victim, it may lead to death.

Abia state Government has over the years done well in the building of Primary Health Centres across the state. I doubt if there is any Autonomous Community in Abia without a heath centre(s).

However, there are several problems being encountered by the Heath centres which includes;- Lack of resident Doctors, qualified Nurses, Public Health experts, medical facilities, drugs, water supply and security challenges.

The aim of the Primary Health Centres is to take care of the medical needs of the rural dwellers.

The protection of the poor and vulnerable is aimed at reducing financial burden that usually stops them from having access to health care services as Government subsidise the medical charges but, most of them lack the necessary enablers that can make them function well.

Chief Ncheta Omerekpe understands that reducing the cost of health care and making the centres workable will provide social and financial security to the most vulnerable which includes:-

* The sick

* The poor

*  Displaced

*  Children

*  Elderly

*  Pregnant women

*  Unemployed

*  Physically challenged

*  Retirees …etc

He therefore considered it necessary to rehabilitate the existing Primary Health Centre, Umuakwu Nsulu, Isiala Ngwa North, while plans are in place to do same in other areas within a very short period of time.

First, he carried out the rehabilitation of the dilapidated buildings, sunk a solar energy powered water borehole, provided first class medical equipments, electricity  and drugs worth over N5M already delivered.

As the saying goes; “The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers depend”.

Chief Ncheta Omerekpe has this believe that the best way to unlock the full potentials of people is to create a healthy people and this is exactly what he is doing.

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