NA: ‘Oh, the families are advised to bring their own can of water at the time of delivery’.
At this point, I had seen and heard enough and was ready to head out. We left the facility and I was left speechless until we pulled into our compound. From the corner of my eye, I still noticed the smirk on my dad’s face. But this time, it was more familiar and basically it was more of ‘are you satisfied now?’
With confusion, disappointment and a tad bit of anger, thoughts and questions started going through my head: who is the local government Chairman of the LGA?, do we have a representative in the state house?’, what is the role of the person appointed as Commissioner of health for the State, and what is the role of the special adviser to the governor on health matters?, where are the well-to-do men/women of Agulu and what are they all doing?, where is the governor of the State? (note this is a community less than 15miles from the capital territory- Awka) and so many others.
But alas, I realized that we cannot hope and depend on the government anymore. Well-meaning Nigerians like you and I can stand up to make a difference.
Our foundation decided to tackle the much we could to salvage the health care center by doing the following:
- Addressed the water issue by drilling a borehole water system. Now the facility has clean/running pipe-borne water.
- Built and donated benches, tables and seats to the facility to pace in the waiting room.
- Repaired the windows, doors and placed mosquito nets on all of them (about 23 outlets)
- Tiled all around the exterior mid-level of the facility to prevent further water permeation through the bricks.
- Built and donated medicine cabinets to the facility.
- Donated different classes of medications (including but not limited to anti-malarial, anti-helminthic, blood tonics, pain relievers, cough syrups for children, methylated spirits for wound care, antibiotics etc.) to supplement the essentially non-existent formulary at the facility.
- Through @medshare purchased and donated subsidized minor surgical and medical supplies/instruments, Re-upholstered the delivery bed, provided medical supplies to support deliveries and enhance the birthing experience of mothers at the facility.
There is so much more left to do to get this facility up to standard. But hang up my boots now – that I won’t!!!!!