Wednesday 24th May, 2017
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Apo Rotary decries refuse heaps at Garki Dutse community

Apo Rotary decries refuse heaps at Garki Dutse community

The president of Apo Ro­tary Club, Abdullahi Id­ris has decried the spate of unevaluated refuse dumps at Garki Dutse community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
Abdullahi Idris expressed dis­appointment when he visited the primary healthcare centre where the club recently donated drugs and treated over 200 residents.
Idris stated that the club has been donating to the commu­nity to give it a facelift but needs the cooperation of other agen­cies to tackle environmental is­sues affecting the community.
He said of the 260 persons that benefited from the free medical outreach, 140 were treated for malaria which he attributed to the dirty environment.
Idris disclosed that over six refuse dumps sites exist within the community which are not evacuated by the relevant agen­cies and this pose a health chal­lenge to the residents.
He attributed the prevalence of refuse causing illness in the community to lack of desig­nated collection point, making the people to live with the waste since they cannot manage it.
He therefore, called on the Department of Environment, AMAC and the Abuja Envi­ronmental Protection Board (AEPB) to come to the commu­nity’s rescue before it escalates into a disease outbreak.
A health personnel at the Pri­mary Healthcare Centre, Garki Dutse, Isaac Chukwu said due to lack of government interven­tion to evacuate the waste gen­erated in the community, the residents resort to indiscrimi­nate disposal of refuse dumps thereby polluting the entire en­vironment.
He noted that the clinic which is located next to one of the dumps uses personal effort to reduce the eyesore but re­mains a serious health threat to the environment.
The village head, Yaolo Ishaku said when he discovered the re­fuse dumps close to the clinic , the community contributed money to get people for manual evacuation of the refuse.

 

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