High Mortality Rate: Jubilation as LG Boss Provides Health facilities in Nkanu West

High Mortality Rate: Jubilation as LG Boss Provides Health facilities in
Nkanu West

By Larry Onwuta, Enugu.

The Chairman of Nkanu west, Hon Afam Okereke has swan in to action towards reducing the high infant and maternal rate in rural areas occasioned by absence of health facilities at local government level.

Okereke who is in Partnership with Annunciation Hospital, Pristine Health, as well as other organizations for the Transformation of Health Systems {PATHS 2 }has launched a community initiative in four primary health care facilities that would  be activated in four development Areas of the council.

The four development areas where the pilot scheme has commenced are Agbani/Amuri, Agbogugu, Awkunanue, and Obe/Ozalla inwhich the skilled and experienced personnel’s will be providing excellent health care services.
In the partnership,  PATHS2 is expected to provide support to the council, partners and communities to ensure that this intervention works effectively in order to improve health outcomes in the communities.

Explaining why the council decided to go into the partnership, Okereke stated that before the pilot scheme commenced, the health sector in the area was nothing to write home about, adding the mortality rate of especially women and children in the area was very.

According to him, Nkanu West Local Government Authority was dedicated to ensuring improved quality and accessible healthcare to the citizens of the council, adding the partnership would be extended to other rural communities in the council with time.

The Nkanu Local Government Council Chairman further disclosed that though they have so many facilities; they decided to select one center in each of the four development areas for the pilot scheme and expressed confidence that the programme would be expanded.

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Okereke averred that the partners were ready move in their expertise and well trained personnel including doctors, nurses and other health workers to the four development areas, adding that after considering the economic situation of the counting, his council resolved to partner with PATHS 2 to deliver improved health services to his people.

 He expressed happiness that the pilot health scheme was already yielding the desired result as it has reduced the mortality rate of people of the rural areas especially women and children. While re-assuring the readiness of his administration to take improved health services to the door steps of his people, he showered encomiums on the state Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for giving them support and for his laudable achievement  in the heath sector and other areas in the state since he took over the mantle of leadership in the state.

Shedding more light on the development,  the Head of Department of Health, Mr Reuben Nnamani explained  that the four  facilities were selected one each from the four development areas of  the LGA,  adding that in each area,  preference was given to the facility with the least performance. Nnamani added that Many services that were not available in these facilities would now be available while quality of services would be improved.

He expressed optimism that the previous inadequacies in health care delivery in these communities
would  be eliminated , stating that maternal and child health indices were expected to improve tremendously.

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