Ogun community laments lack of health centre
Residents of Ayetoro Makun in the Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State have lamented the lack of a public health centre in the community.
Some of the residents, who spoke on Tuesday, decried the hardship encountered in getting medical treatment, as they claimed to be travelling a long distance before they could have access to proper medications.
It was gathered that some pregnant women were usually helpless as they had no other option than to surrender to some untrained nurses during their child births.
Speaking with our correspondent, a resident, Rev. Morenikeji Afosi, said the lack of a PHC in the community had been challenging. She said, “We travel miles to receive health attention. We go as far as Babcock Hospital in Ilishan. I have met many of my neighbours in the same hospital at some point in time.”
Afosi said she learned that there was a proposed site for the PHC, but opined that “execution was the challenge.”
She appealed to the state government to help build a standard PHC in the community to alleviate the residents’ suffering.
Another resident, who gave his name simply as Mr. Igbinigie ThankGod, decried going to the neighbouring Mowe for medical treatment. He said, “Going to Mowe or a nearby hospital is not always easy particularly if it is late at night. I always manage to go to the hospital in the Redemption Camp for treatment.
“There are some critical health conditions that will require immediate medical attention. But since there is no PHC in the community, how will such victims survive?”
When contacted, the LGA chairman, Odulate Afolabi, said there was an ongoing project on the PHCs.
He said, “We will build a PHC at Ayetoro Makun. We have the lists of projects we are working on and the town is on the list already. But we have started one, we can’t jump to others. We just moved to a town to build a maternity centre and it is almost at the completion stage now. Once we are done with that, we’ll proceed to the next.”
Odulate maintained that they were doing everything possible to deliver dividends of democracy to the people.