By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
In line with its commitment to provide quality health care delivery across the local government area, the Aguata Local Government Council under the leadership of the Transition Chairman, Hon. Eche Ezeibe, has reconstructed a Primary Health Centre (PHC) and a built Staff Quarter for the PHC at Umuona, Aguata L.G.A, Anambra State.
Speaking at the commissioning and handover ceremony of the health projects recently, the Aguata LG boss, Hon Ezeibe, urged the people of the community to make effective use of the Primary Health Centre which has qualified nurses, and offers quality health care services with modern equipments at moderate and affordable rates.
Hon Ezeibe who assured the people of his administration's commitment towards enhancing a healthy living environment as well as making all the primary health centres in Aguata LGA functional, called on community members to always access the health care services at their disposal. He noted that public health centers across the state have professionally trained nurses, modern medical equipments and healthy environment better than many private hospitals where they pay exorbitantly.
The Transition Chairman appealed to of Umuona Progressive Union, Engr. Dr. Silas Akaneme, and the community members to monitor and maintain the primary health centre and the staff quarters that were handed over to them as they were duty bound to do so. The local government boss who was passionate in his appeal said, 'This project being handed over to your community should be maintained by you. Make effective use of your health centre, the nurses who work here are professionally trained nurses. We have built a staff quarters for them to live in so that they can serve you better. Your health centre and other public health centres across the state are better than many of those private hospitals that you visit for health care and pay exorbitantly. Our Primary Health Centres (PHCs) have a higher standard'.
He promised to work towards provision of a good water supply as well as better drainage system within the premises, as the community earlier requested.
Ezeibe took a tour of the quarters and the maternity ward, during which he paid the hospital bills of Mrs Omerebele Onyema and as well, gave her a cash gift.
The Aguata Head of Local Government Administration, Dr. Tony Anadi in his remarks, stressed the need for the people to make proper use of government health facilities, which were part of government developmental plans for the citizenry.
Anadi, who noted that the current Aguata LG administration was poised to ensure healthy environment in the communities, appreciated Umuona people for their hospitality.
In his address of welcome, the President General of Umuona Community, Engr. Dr. Silas Akaneme, commended the Hon. Ezeibe-led Local Government Administration for the prompt attention it gave to their health centre and the new staff quarters which were Umuona's pressing needs.
Dr. Akaneme said the health project was as a fallout of the Council Chairman's meeting with the president generals of the communities, where each town presented its pressing need to the local government. He equally thanked His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano for other democracy dividends which included provision of transformers, to the community.
Pointing out that the community has already started accessing the health centre and enjoying the services of the committed nurses, Akaneme called on the government to see to the provision of other needed health equipment for enhanced health care delivery.
On his part, the APGA Chairman of Aguata L.G.A, Hon. Obiora John Ezechukwu, extoled the Executive Governor of the State and Aguata Local Government Chairman for projecting the Party's image through completion and commissioning of developmental projects for the people.
Ezechukwu, who stressed the need for the other completed government projects across the LGA to be commissioned, urged the people of Umuona to complement the good works of the present government by voting in APGA candidates in the forthcoming general election.
Baring her minds in appreciation, the visibly delighted Mrs. Omerebere Onyema, who enjoyed Hon. Ezeibe's largesse, thanked the local government boss for his goodwill, and prayed God to bless him immensely. She equally appreciated the efforts of the qualified nurses, who she said took good care of her both during antenatal and during delivery.