Caleb Onwe, Abuja
The Rotary Club, Abuja Metro Chapter has built and donated a ten-bed primary healthcare centre to the people of Sauka, a surbub of Abuja Metropolitan Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), a Basic and Type 11 Primary Healthcare Centre valued at N22 million.
The centre, said to have been equipped with a mini laboratory, functional borehole and other basic amenities, was formally handed over to the administration Thursday.
Inaugurating the health facilities, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, said the Rotarians have showed a good example, worthy of emulation by other citizens.
Aliyu, who was represented by the Acting Secretary of FCT Primary Healthcare Board, Dr. Iwot Ndaeyo, noted that the donation had assisted the administration in bridging the gap in the demand of healthcare delivery among rural communities.
The minister, while commending the Rotarians, stated that the administration will continue to appreciate such partnership from the private sector.
She also revealed that the health facility will serve over 35,000 indigenous people of Takushara, Brum, Wasa, Waru and Sauka in the Apo district of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
According to her, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will continue to boost the existing healthcare facilities across the six area councils to meet the high demand of residents in the health sector, noting that the administration has constructed additional 18 primary healthcare centres with 12 more at various stages of completion.
She said: “Let me assure you that the FCT Administration will continue to cherish this partnership and kind gesture which has been consequent upon the club’s increasing efforts to positively impact on its host communities.
“This healthcare centre donated to the administration is one of the club’s objectives to contribute to the development of society. I implore the benefiting communities to make good use of the facility to impress the givers to do more.
“FCT has benefitted immensely from your wealth of experience, passion and focused contributions to eradicating the wild polio virus globally and strengthening Routine Immunization program. Our partnership with you, among others, has seen FCT being wild polio free for over six years as the last case was confirmed in the first quarter of 2013. You have strengthened our PHC facilities structures and system at Dutsen Garki and Piwoyi to mention a few.”
Also speaking, the President of Rotary Club Abuja Metro, Omotunde Balogun, said that Sauka was chosen based on the needs assessment carried out by the club, during which the villagers requested for a health clinic.