Women and children at Akpaka – Okposhi community in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebony state say they are recording many deaths as a result of poor healthcare delivery in their area.
A Primary Healthcare Centre in their community has since become deplorable and is unable to deliver healthcare to the inhabitants. Leading the death of many children and women MAWA Foundation has learned.
Worse still, the entire community depends on the deplorable hospital for their healthcare. A situation that makes the challenge of delivering healthcare to the inhabitants more complicated.
The locals who spoke to Tracka officials in the community narrated how many pregnant women have died because the community lacks healthcare delivery.
The locals also painted a disturbing picture of how many women have lost their babies because they put to bed at home since there is no hospital to go to for child delivery.
A visit to the hospital revealed that it has no water and electricity making its functionality very challenging.
Health workers at the hospital narrated how they find it difficult to attend to patients because there is no equipment that will help them deliver healthcare to them.
This is as the Ebonyi State government had expanded a huge amount of money on Health care delivery.
Monies that are yet to reflect in the improvement of Akpaka community hospital.
The Akpaka situation is a common experience in Nigeria. In many of the local communities, Primary Healthcare Centres are often left in deplorable conditions leaving the inhabitants to suffer huge inadequate healthcare delivery.
Government officials and the few individuals who can afford better healthcare, go to private hospitals while those of them with economic war chest travel abroad for healthcare.
A situation that is making the Nigerian state lose a huge amount of resources to health tourism.
Nigerian state must begin to invest a huge amount of resources in healthcare if she must address her apparent rot in the health sector.
The investments must be monitored by the state and non-state actors to ensure monies committed to healthcare intervention are accounted for and properly utilized.