From Angela Nkwo-Akpolu, Owerri
The Nigeria Rotary Club in partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru in Imo State have revived a health centre abandoned 15 years ago in the State.
At the commissioning ceremony of the refurbished Anglican Health Centre, Atta in Ikeduru Local Government Area, attracted by Rotary club in partnership with Later Days Charities, Rotary President, Chioma Nwaolisa said the purpose was to ensure that people have access to quality healthcare services in the area.
Nwaolisa disclosed that with the provision of modern medical equipment for the once abandoned hospital, health issues relating to HIV/AIDS; pre- and post- natal infant mortality; malaria and other similar disease will soon become a thing of the past.
According to her, “Life is about giving to charity. Rotary club of Nigeria is about giving to charity, and giving does not make people poor rather it makes rich. In carrying out of annual project we thought of what we can do for the people and agreed that refurbishing the abandoned hospital centre will make Atta people have access to professional and qualitative health services always”, Nwaolisa explained.
She stated that mortality rate will only reduce when government at all levels start giving health issues the seriousness it requires saying unless this is done, “loss of human lives would continue to hold sway in our country”.
Nwaolisha displayed blood bank instrument, beds, foam, malaria and HIV kits, surgical plates and delivery equipment amongst others donated to the health centre after 15 years of abandonment.
The elated Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru, Most Rev Emmanuel Maduwuike said the church was happy that of all the abandoned hospitals in Imo State, it was the Anglican health centre, Atta that was chosen.
Bishop Maduwuike pledged the judicious use of the donated health instruments even as he called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the health sector.
According to him, if the government had done the needful, the myriads of diseases and death would have been greatly reduced.
He explained that the centre will serve over 2,000 people in the State.