Despite N7.6 billion, Enugu community hospital in a terrible condition

Residents of Awgwu in Enugu State are going predicament trying to access medical care as the only hospital in the area has since collapsed.

Residents while lamenting the dilapidated nature of the hospital appealed to the state government to help fix it.

This is even as the Enugu state government had expended N7.6 billion on health in two years 2019 and 2020.

The state in 2019 approved the sum of N1,965,631,000 for health. And, in 2020 allocated N5,710,000,000 to health, making an increase of 190.49%.

Tracka, a public accountability organization that exposed the dilapidated nature of the hospital, say despite it is the only hospital in the area it lacks equipment and personnel and needs urgent and holistic renovation.

Presenting the budget for the two years that amounted to N5,675,632,000, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi the state Governor argued that the fund is for the revival of health sector especially during the COVID-19 era.

Worse still, the state government huge spending on health is yet to reflect on Awgwu hospital while the community residents continue to suffer trying to access healthcare.

One of the major factors that affects healthcare intervention in Enugu state and other Nigerian communities is corruption.

The Enugu state government must immediately address the corruption that manifests in the administration of health sector intervention that is responsible for the collapsed health facilities that are found in all communities forcing residents to undergo predicament in search for medical care.

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