Apa-Ola/Ilota Communities in Kwara, Where Pregnant Women Travel Long Distance to Give Birth

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…residents appeal to State govt to rehabilitate PHC  

Residents of Apa-Ola and Ilota communities in Ilorin South local government area of Kwara State, have appealed to the State government to rehabilitate the only primary healthcare centre (PHC) in the communities.

The residents, who made the appeal in separate interviews with Kwara News, noted that the healthcare centre is the only one that serve the two communities and has been in dilapidated state for years. They are, therefore, calling on the State government to revitalize the PHC.

Kwara News gathered that the centre was built in the 1970’s by members of the communities before it was later transferred to the government.

One of the residents who gave her name as Sifawu lamented that the healthcare centre is in neglect, with no equipment, no water and electricity supply. She added that people of the areas now travel far to seek medical attention due to the current state of the centre.

Corroborating Sifawu’s view, Mrs. Basirat Saka said that the present condition of the PHC is worrisome, adding that workers assigned to the clinic are not always there due to lack of facilities and security concern.

Another resident, Abdullateef Lambe said that pregnant women in the communities now travel to either Idofian, Ganmo or Ilorin to give birth, which he said could be risky at times. He added that on few occasions, some of the women gave birth on their way.

Lambe said, “we have written several letters to both the local government council and the State government requesting for intervention but nothing has been done till now.

“We suffer a lot. We appeal to the government to rehabilitate our primary healthcare centre in order to reduce our hardship,” he added.

Effort made by our reporter to get the reaction of the State Commissioner for Health, Sulaiman Atolagbe Alege, was not successful, as calls to his phone were not answered nor returned.

Meanwhile, a non-governmental organization (NGO), Connected Development (CODE) has joined the people of the Apa-Ola and Ilota communities to call on the Kwara State government to revitalise the dilapidated primary healthcare centre.

In a series of tweets on Monday via one of its handles, ‘@4lowthemoney’, the NGO asked the government to urgently intervene so that the people of the areas can enjoy regular access to quality healthcare.

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