UNICEF, China commended over health intervention projects

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Chima Azuibuke, Gombe

Health workers in Gombe State on Thursday expressed appreciation to the United Children’s Emergency Fund and China for their health intervention projects which, they said impacted their lives positively.

The communities are Malleri and Dukul in Kwami Local Government Area of the state.

In 2020, UNICEF, in collaboration with the Chinese government, spent $1m on health intervention projects that reduced the high rate of maternal mortality and paediatric challenges in Kwami LGA.

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The projects included the renovation of the Malleri and Dukul Primary Healthcare Centres in the local government area and the supply of needed drugs.

A staff of the Malleri PHC, Mohammed Adamu, said the facility was renovated and a borehole was sunk to ensure the provision of potable water in the hospital.

He added that before the intervention the facility had no water and was dilapidated, adding that the intervention had resulted in increased hospital attendance in the area.

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“Before the intervention, we hardly had up to 20 persons accessing medical care at the Centre in a day. Now, an average of 40 patients patronise the facility daily to access health care,’’ he said.

The assistant facility manager at the Dukul PHC, Ruth Musa, said the intervention was impressive and had resulted in significant improvement in services rendered.

She said the facility was also renovated and supplied with more drugs for antenatal care resulting in improved deliveries.

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“Before the intervention, an average of 200 to 300 women come for antenatal care in a month, but now we are having 500 expectant mothers and above every month,” she said

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