UMUAWULU Health Centre in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, currently serving the community as maternity and health hentre is in dilapidated condition and in dare need of both government and community assistance in other to function well again.
According to the newly posted officer in-charge of the health centre; Mrs Okeke Josephine, at the time she assumed office, the place seemed to be a ghost enclave as grasses overtook the environment; but for now, things are turning around in the sense that patients have started coming for treatment. “We are also receiving delivery, as well as embarking on house to house health sensitisation, immunisation and other health related problems.
Mrs. Okeke, however said that their major challenges in the health centre are: Lack of water supply, energy, lack of staff, lack of enough drugs to treat patients. “If some of these problems are well addressed, the health centre will bounce back to life”. She appealed to Anambra State Ministry of Health, Anambra State Government and Umuawulu community to come to their aid.
Reacting on the challenges facing Umuawulu Health Centre; the chairman, Ward Development Committee (W.D.D) Mr. Goddy Nzekwe said that they were aware of health officer’s complain and that the problem has been there before her arrival but they are working round the clock to meet up with the challenges, especially the water issue. Mr. Nzekwe however, appealed to the state government to look into the issue of inadequate staff, supply of enough drugs, maintaining of structures and other edifices in the heath centre to avoid further deterioration.
In their separate pleas to the state government; the traditional ruler of Umuawulu, Igwe Joel Egwuonwu, the President General, Umuawulu Progressive Union (U.P.U) ,Ozo Iyke Nkala and the Women leader, Umuawulu Women Wing, Mrs. Rose .E. Mgbeike appealed to the state government to come to their assistant as they are doing their best to solve the minor problems in the health centre and enjoined Umuawulu Community to co-operate with the staff posted in the centre to see that they keep the environment clean.