PHOTOS: 38-year-old Nigerian medic donates hospital equipments to rescue ailing hospital in village
Hospital equipments worth thousands of Naira have been donated to a rural healthcare center by a Nigerian Medic identified as Dr. Elkanah John Garang.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt the rural healthcare centre was built over a decade ago by the Plateau state government.
The 38-year-old Nigerian Medic, Elkanah made this positive, strange and great contributions after considering the hardship rural people especially pregnant women face before they could access healthcare facilities.
Elkanah who is not among Nigeria’s highest earning Professionals could not stand the difficulty pregnant women experience such as hiking tens of miles across unsafe routes in his native Ambul village in Central Nigeria’s Bokkos area of Plateau State, to access healthcare.
Speaking in a telephone interview, Elkanah said “It breaks my heart that healthcare systems in my country are in a deplorable state, despite abundant natural resources,”.
Elkanah worked in a public health department before, an opportunity that exposed him to the “scary realities” of the Nigerian healthcare system.
It was learnt that the father of one has previously sent cash support to dozens of poor individuals for healthcare, food and family welfare, but does not seem to finish.
Lastweek, Elkanah bought delivery beds, privacy screens, drip stands, stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers, aprons and other equipment, and shipped them to local authorities after receiving complaints about poor equipment in Comprehensive Primary Health Care Centre, Tafaya-Ambul, 40miles west of Bokkos Local Government.
Last two months, the activist sponsored the reactivation of 18 boreholes and the drilling of several hand-fetched wells in different rural communities in Bokkos.
The donations are “life-saving”, said Chairman of Bokkos Local Government, Mr. Yusuf Machen.
“Government is overstretched and might not be able to identify and/or solve some of these problems but they remain responsibility. We are therefore grateful for this show of kindness, a bigger relief to Government than the people benefitting from it,” Machen said while taking delivery of the donated hospital equipment in Jos.
A recent study of Primary Healthcare centers in Plateau State shows that only 1 out of ten has functional equipment and staff, a huge threat to rural healthcare being a first contact for many.
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