Kebbi Community Hospital

It is unclear how the Kebbi State Primary Health Care Development Agency in 2021 got N3.03 billion budget approval, which is largely meant for rural health intervention, and Unguwan Madi community hospital is this terrible.

Residents of Unguwan Madi community located in the Mayaima Local Government Area of Kebbi State are going through hell trying to access medical care as a government hospital in their area has since become terribly dilapidated.

The entire community hospital has only two beds and two drips stand for over 50 patients that visit daily for medical care. With over 3,000 persons relying on it for healthcare delivery.

Tattered beds in the community hospital
Tattered beds in the community hospital. Picture credit: Tracka

Miss. Monica, a community resident who spoke to MAWA via a telephone conversation on Thursday, described the hospital as highly deplorable.

Monica who claims to have visited the hospital severally for medical care, says it lacks medical equipment and health personnel to attend to many patients that rely on it to get treated for their respective illnesses.

“There are many patients that depend solely on this hospital for their healthcare, but unfortunately, it has become deplorable and lacks the capacity for effective healthcare delivery”, Monica told MAWA.

This is the situation in Unguwan Madi hospital even as the Kebbi state government through its Primary Health Care Development Agency approved N3.03 billion to address issues of community health.

Kebbi example appears to be a common practice in Nigeria, governments at both Federal and State levels, every year, allocate huge sums of monies to the health sector. But, rather than improving the sector, the monies are misappropriated leaving the citizens to suffer poor healthcare service delivery.

In a society where accountability is upheld and those that are entrusted with public funds are held responsible, N3.03 billion will go a long way to make significant improvements in community health.

Tracka, a public accountability organization that exposed the terrible nature of the hospital has since appealed to the Kebbi state government to help fix it so that the residents will have access to decent healthcare delivery.

Mr. Abubakar A Kaoje, a medical Doctor, the Executive Secretary, Kebbi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, in a reaction, says the money, is not for hospital renovation alone but for other expenditures.

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