By Angela Atabo
Kuchikau – Umaru Al-Makura, Governor of Nasarawa State on Tuesday inaugurated a Health Centre built at a cost of N20 million by the Road Safety Officers Wives Association (ROSOWA) in Kuchikau, Nasarawa State.
Al-makura, who was represented by Alhaji Mohammed Dan Azumi, the Chief of Staff of the state, said the association’s effort was in tandem with the administration’s determination towards access to healthcare.
According to him, the event is a mark of commitment by ROSOWA to enhance a healthy society and promote sustained wellbeing of the people of the state.
He thanked the association for upholding the virtue of giving back to the society in response to its basic need.
“The action will no doubt complement efforts of this present administration aimed at reducing maternal and child mortality rate in particular and control of diseases in Nasarawa state.
“ We cannot underestimate the role Primary healthcare facilities play in our communities.
“It is for this reason that I am confident that the centre will go a long way in delivering quality healthcare for our people.
“I implore all and sundry to continue to support and show faith in the policies and programmes of this administration to provide more social amenities.’’
Al-Makura assured the association of government’s continued support; adding that government would partner with them to expand the facility to cater for more people because it was the only hospital to serve Kuchikau community.
Earlier, Mrs Bolanle Oyeyemi, the National President of ROSOWA said the project was part of its social corporate responsibility borne out of the observation of lack of healthcare centre in the community.
Oyeyemi said the initiative was to also support their husbands as road safety corps to save lives, especially on the Keffi expressway and the community at large.
She said the centre would be replicated in the 36 states for the benefit of the general public.
According to her, the centre has three wards consisting of male, female and post natal with a mini theatre, labour room, emergency unit, laboratory and pharmacy which will operate round the clock.
Also speaking, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) commended ROSOWA’s effort towards providing healthcare facility for kuchikau community that lacked a hospital.
Oyeyemi said that the FRSC would work with the state government to ensure that the facility benefited the community and also work with the Federal Ministry of Health to enhance healthcare in the country.
“We commend ROSOWA and will continue to give them support in terms of personnel and logistics, this is the first healthcare project, and more are coming in other parts of the country.
“ROSOWA was able to raise about N20 million to construct and equip the centre and FRSC commend you for the state of the art equipment installed in the hospital.
“This befits a primary healthcare centre; so there will be no need to build another by government, there will be a resident doctor for 24 -hour services in case of emergency.
“The plan is to build health centres in the 32 states of the country to bring healthcare closer to the people; and I encourage Nasarawa Government to give the necessary support to subsidise the running cost.’’
Oyeyemi said the corps was determined to save live, adding that it was a good thing that the women had keyed into it.
He stated that the centre would also be used as an immunisation and NHIS centre.
The corps marshal said presently, FRSC had 26 roadside clinics and 37 zebra points with about 12 zonal clinics at critical locations and would continue to improve on it to assist in saving lives.
Mr Sabu Fynu, the Chief of Kuchikau thanked God and ROSOWA for remembering them; adding that the centre would help promote healthy living in the community.
Fynu said the centre would be of great benefit to the community because there was no hospital in the area.
He said before now, the community members used to go to Mararaba or Keffi when they fell ill to access healthcare, but with this, life would be easier