Japanese Government boosts healthcare system in Abuja community

The Japanese Government has handed over a 15-bed capacity clinic, fully equipped with solar powered panels, to Shere Community in Bwari Area Council, FCT in efforts to improve healthcare system in the area.

Mr. Sadanobu Kusaoke, Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria while inaugurating the facility on Thursday in Abuja said the project was designed to provide appropriate and reliable healthcare services to the community.

He said that before the completion of the project, the only primary healthcare facility in Shere Koro was in a deplorable condition with just a nurse, despite the large population of the community.

” We are handing over new primary healthcare centre, with medical apparatus, solar panels and borehole to this community to strengthen healthcare service in the area” he said.

The envoy said promoting health systems for improving quality of life is one of the priorities of Japanese government in Africa.

According to him, 158 projects worth over 10,000 dollars were implemented in Nigeria since 1998 under Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project.

He said that the Embassy has also expended $90, 530 for the construction of Shere Koro Primary Health Care, implemented by Citizens Health Education and Development Initiative (CHEDI), an NGO, in the country.

Mrs Selina Enyioha, Chief Executive Officer, CHEDI has made the difference in the life of Shere-Koro community and its environs through the funding from Japanese Government to Nigeria.

Enyiola explained that before the intervention, women in the community often deliver their children in unhygienic environment.

She said that the NGO had collaborated with FCT Primary Healthcare Board and Bwari Area council to ensure that skilled healthcare workers were deployed to the facility.

Earlier, Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, said the facility would be part of the 10, 000 PHCs that would be fully revitalized under the PHC revitalisation agenda of the Federal Government.

The Minister was represented by Dr Akin Oyemakinde, Director, Health Planning Research and Statistics in the ministry.

The Minister reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian government to reposition the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) for optimal performance.