Residents of the Kabawa community in Ibi Local Government Area of Taraba State are groaning over the deplorable nature of the Health Centre in their area while calling on the government for help.
During a visit to the community, one observes how the community healthcare Centre is in deplorable condition, with old and torn beds that are not fit for admitting those who visit the hospital to receive treatment for their illness.
Apart from the torn beds in the hospital, there are no drugs and medical equipment to make the health Centre function optimally.
Mr. Lawal Magaji, a community resident who spoke to MAWA-Foundation described the community hospital as deplorable, calling on the Taraba State government to immediately intervene and ensure that the hospital is properly funded.
Magaji while lamenting over the deplorable health condition in Kabawa, pointed out that the community is not an exception while narrating how many communities in Taraba State suffer a lack of healthcare delivery.
According to Magaji, many healthcare Centres in Taraba State are in deplorable condition while some communities do not have healthcare Centers.
Another resident, Miss Ismail Ladi, who spoke on the condition of healthcare in Kabawa, told MAWA-Foundation that women in the community are finding it difficult to access ante-natal care as the Health Centre in the area has since collapsed.
“In Kabawa, many residents especially pregnant women are suffering, they cannot access ante-natal care, the hospital they depend on has become deplorable and cannot deliver healthcare to the people”, Ladi said.
Kabawa community hospital has continued to be this deplorable even as Mr. Darius Ishaku, the Taraba State Governor, flagged “Save One Million Lives” a health intervention program the state said will ensure all communities have access to quality healthcare delivery.
Good as the initiative appears, Kabawa and many other communities in Taraba, continue to suffer a lack of healthcare delivery. An indication that the “Save One Million Lives” initiative failed.
Tracka, a public accountability organization that visited and exposed the deplorable nature of the hospital, says there was no official health worker seen in the facility.
The organization has since appealed to the Taraba State government to help fix the hospital.
MAWA-Foundation could not immediately reach out to the Taraba State government for an official response.