Ogun communities groan in agony over dilapidated health centre, organize self help support as palliatives

0Shares
Ogun communities groan in agony over dilapidated health centre, organize self help support as palliatives
Dilapidated Health Centre

Residents of Bode Olude-Ilupeju community in Odeda Local Government area of Ogun State have raised the alarm about their deteriorating health conditions due to the lack of access to health care services over the years.

Some residents of more than 40 Community Development Areas in the locality who raised the alarm at a free health care delivery programme organized by the community leaders also expressed concern over the issue of perpetual neglect of the area by both the federal, state and local government.

A Physiotherapist and community leader in the area, Dr Mustapha Kolawole while lamenting the pitiable condition of residents emphasized that there was no functional health centre for their use and implored the government at all levels to promptly rise in their aid to prevent avoidable illnesses and deaths.

Dr Kolawole who pointed out that the only visible evidence of public facility health in the area was a dilapidated government health centre implored the relevant authorities to tackle the problem urgently to forestall the outbreak of epidemics among the people.

Dr Kolawole who pointed out that the only visible evidence of public facility health in the area was a dilapidated government health centre implored the relevant authorities to tackle the problem urgently to forestall the outbreak of epidemics among the people.

The Physiotherapist explained that executives of Community Development Associations in the area resolved to introduce Free Health Screening and Awareness programmes at regular intervals for the residents as a form of palliative measure to safeguard their sanctity of life and well-being. 

In a remark, the Chairman of the Free Health programme, a Consultant to the Ogun State Government on Islamic Affairs and CDC Zonal Chairman of Odeda Local Government Area, Sheik Iskeel Lawal who inspected the health centre promised to use his good office to call the attention of Governor Dapo Abiodun to the deplorable health condition of the residents.

Earlier, while declaring the programme opened, Sheik Lawal had commended Dr Kolawole, his executive members and fellow CDA chairmen for their cooperation in facilitating what he described giant measures to provide the residents with the life – saving programme and applauded the former chairman of Oluwasunmibare CDA, Mr Sunday Adegbola, for laying a good foundation for his successors.

Dr (PT) Kolawole – Chairman presenting Awards to the Chairman of the event

Sheik Lawal equally enjoined members of Oluwasunmibare CDA to always come up with ideas, suggestions and programmes towards ensuring all-round development of the communities.

“I have to commend you all for this great initiative. There’s nothing better than loving each other. I can only implore you you to always come up with ideas, suggestions and programmes that will move your Community forward.

Medical Personnel

“I will reach out to Governor Abiodun on the dilapidated health centre to let His Excellency know that there’s an emergency health related matter in this community”, he promised.

Responding, Dr Kolawole expressed his appreciation to Sheik Lawal for his support toward the development of the community as well as his commitment to the progress of CDAs under his watch.

The Physiotherapist thanked members of Oluwasunmibare CDA for their continued support and cooperation as he urged them not to relent in working towards sustaining the peaceful and secured coexistence of the people. 

Residents waiting for their turn

 

The beneficiaries of the Free Health Screening/Awareness program were more than 200 members across the 40 CDAs and were offered screening for Blood pressure, Urine analysis, Blood glucose, Weight and Height check, Body Mass index, free Medications, Free Health Consultation, COVID-19 vaccination and Referrals. 

Dignitaries at the event included State and Local government Community Development Officers, Fijabi-in-Council, the Bode Olude-Ilupeju Area DC led by Chief Mogaji Taiwo, the DPO of Bode Olude Police Division, as well as Medical Doctors and Nurses from the state Ministry of Health.