By Abasifreke Effiong
Indigenes of Nsit Atai have berated the chairperson of Nsit Atai local government council, Lady Emem Ibanga, over the continuous negligence of the Primary Health Center in Odot 3.
A former lawmaker from the area, Obong Inyang Ekpe, said the local government council has been insensitive to the plight of the health center.
“The local government council has been very insensitive to the plight of the Primary Health Center in Odot. We are ashamed that an NGO has had to come in and see our health center in that state”, Ekpe said at a stakeholders meeting in Uyo convened by an NGO, Public and Private Development Center, PPDC.
Obong Inyang Ekpe who was among the elders from Nsit Atai who attended PPDC’s multi-stakeholders meeting which seek to draw the state government attention to the abandoned general hospital project in Nsit Atai, said access to healthcare in the community was a huge challenge because the PHC in Odot constructed in the 1970s is dilapidated.
The project lead of PPDC, Mr. Kachi Chuwku and community-based monitors of the NGO who visited the PHC Odot said the health facility was “nothing to write home about”.
“When we went to Odot for our community engagement, we stopped over at the PHC at Nsit Atai local government headquarters, and we saw that the centre is in a bad shape. The center is under threat of gully erosion. There is no maternity ward and the surrounding of the health center is nothing to write home about.”
“This is the more reason all stakeholders should work with the state government towards completing the abandoned general hospital”, Chuwku said.
PPDC appealed to the state government to intervene at the primary health center, Odot.
Also, Obong Edem Bassey Okon, an elder from Odot 1, said apart from negligence by the local government council, the PHC in Odot has been threatened by gully erosion making access to the center difficult.
The Director of Health Services in Nsit Atai, Mrs. Mfon Nkanang, regretted that the local council has not been able to respond to the basic needs of the PHC.
She said patronage of the PHC was low because of environmental safety concerns and lack of basic amenities including water and electricity at the center
“There is no light, no water at the center. We don’t have money to clear the grasses. When it rains the whole place is flooded. Because of the way the surrounding of the center is, people have not been patronizing the place.”
“We don’t have a functional vehicle. When I took over, I was told the vehicle was bad and needed just N8000 to fix it, I went and reported to the council chairman, she said I should write, I wrote and till now nothing has been done.”
It was gathered that the Emem Ibanga administration does not give basic logistic support for the compulsory house to house immunization programme.