In remote parts Africa, in the northern parts of Nigeria, the community and primary health care centres doesn’t have an intensive care unit to provide the sick patient with the urgent attention they needs to stay alive. They don’t even have an ambulance.
Due to lack of proper sensitization which plays a major role in improving the health sector, and poverty which cripples most efforts, many residents in these communities rather than go to the nearest health centres/clinic within their region, prefers to use the traditional means which often results in death. Although the primary/community health centres have continually issued several warnings against the use of the traditional method, even so, they are still incapable of handling the influx of sick patients due to lack of medical supplies and suitable facility. Major challenges recorded during most recent Imperative Initiative for Motivation of Global Care (IIMGC) mapping for remote communities and primary health care centres in Gombe state and Katsina State includes communicable diseases outbreak, disaster outbreak due to flooding. This was as a result of the health care system which remains weak as evidenced by the lack of coordination, lack of fund, fragmentation of services, dearth of resources, including drug and supplies, inadequate and decaying infrastructure, inequity in resource distribution, and access to care and very deplorable quality of care. IIMGC further findings include the lack of ambulance, doctors and nurses.
This was as a result of the health care system which remains weak as evidenced by the lack of coordination, lack of fund, fragmentation of services, dearth of resources, including drug and supplies, inadequate and decaying infrastructure, inequity in resource distribution, and access to care and very deplorable quality of care. IIMGC further findings include the lack of ambulance, doctors and nurses.
In remote parts Africa, in the northern parts of Nigeria, the community and primary health care centres doesn’t have an intensive care unit to provide the sick patient with the urgent attention they needs to stay alive. These have further gravitated IIMGC Concerns towards promoting sustainable health rebound for the remote communities dwellers. Thus; Setting up the clinic/rebound is our greatest vision.
Another area of consideration should be to curb the number of patients who prefer the traditional means which we were told has a record of more than 2,000 deaths already due to unsafe traditional medication.IMGC is aware of the challenges these communities undergo on a daily basis. Sometimes its takes ages to get one doctor to visit the remote a centre in the remote region because if they eventually visit they end up with the dilemma of facing patients who are dying, of which if they are equipped with better facilities, they will be able to save as many lives as possible. And even if they request for an ambulance in the city, there would be arguments of who will foot the gas bill for the ambulance and if eventually, they agree to foot the bills the ambulance has to come all the way from the city. If it’s still busy with another hospital then they have to wait sometimes 12 hours. Sometimes it doesn’t even come.
Clinical staff at a hospital in Africa analyse problems at their facility during the endless meeting and often come back with the same problem.
During the Gombe state and Katsina State Needs Assessment (NA) in the north east IIMGC was told often takes days for an ambulance to collect seriously ill patients. “When the ambulance comes, it rarely has paramedics, because there’s a huge shortage of paramedics here,” The health workers told the President and her team.
Because of circumstances like these, people whose lives should have been saved sometimes die, acknowledged, the hospital’s head doctor. In the most remote region of Africa you find Community and primary health cares typically dilapidated and severely under-funded public health facilities. The worse is the health workers are complaining of being under paid, lack of power supply and water including lack of medical supply. According to of the nurses who told the IIMGC team that there are constants rodents and snakes coming in and out of the health care centres and biting people on their sick beds due to lack of maintenance as the areas heavenly surrounded with thick grass and bushes.
Millions of poor people in the country struggle to access healthcare. The poor who live far from the cities is dying in large numbers. The wealthier people can afford good private healthcare, one of the local community health worker.
IIMGC have therefore decided to step forward, so far IIMGC has been to access 20-40 foot medical and biomedical containers all heading to remote locations in Nigeria. However, the only challenge being the freight fare which IIMGC is now fundraising to pay.
The usual rate from the USA to Nigeria is $25,000 and also there might be a need to pay for needs assessment fare which is charged at a minimum of $6,000 if you add in-house accommodation, feeding, transportation, security, freight from the wharf to the remote region, unloading the container and excesses. Thus making is a round total of $37,000 for each container
Today, beyond the issues of lack of medical facilities, the key challenges are the freight fare. IIMGC is constantly receiving distressing reports about hunger and diseases and lack of potable water, particularly concerning pregnant women, children and young girls who were malnourished and unable to receive adequate health care and several children are also reported to have severe malnutrition and infections and water borne diseases in several communities across the north east affected region. We are constantly facing financial challenges within our organization. We hope to receive support soon so that we may be able to provide assistance to those in a vulnerable state, whilst sustaining our organization.
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There are several unreported and undocumented cases of emergencies casualties due to the incapacitated state of the health care centre in very remote regions as well as in the IDPs camps, sadly this is as a result of lack of funds for medical equipment such as laboratory kits, X-ray and Scanners including surgical equipment, fridge for medical and vaccine storage and power generators, water borehole drilling equipment, as a result it is also responsible for the long lists of casualties and preventable deaths. You can do something to change that
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