Reptiles take over abandoned Lagos riverine PHC
Communities demand urgent attention
The hope of getting an efficient Primary Health Care (PHC), for Irede and Ikaare riverine communities in Amuwo Odofin was raised when a PHC was midwifed by the Ibrahim Tunde Sanusi administration of Oriade LCDA Executive Council, Lagos state, in 2012. But the project has remained uncompleted since then and the people still groan under perpetual poor health care services as quacks rule. Juliet Umeh writes,
Life could best be described as unfair to the people of Irede and their neighbouring community Ikaare, as access to quality healthcare has persistently become a herculean task due to lack of Primary Health Care for both communities with more than 7000 populace in Oriade LCDA of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area.
“The dispensary was demolished, supposedly to be replaced with a proper PHC but that project has remained uncompleted èver since. It is the two traditional birth attendants in the community that help our pregnant women,” Mr. Akanbi said.Also, Mr. Saliu Sekoni, one of the elders in community reacted on how their women manage: “We have one or two TBAs within the community that rise to such occasion. Even when the dispensary was operating, the nurses come and go; they attend to minor ailments, they give them available drugs and prescribe for them.
From interactions, pregnant women who could not register at Ibeshe, the nearest PHC which is about 10 minutes boat ride, resort to self help or patronize TBAs.Fatima Saliu, mother of four said she had her first two children when she was with her mother in Ojo.