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.