- As Friends Of ETI-ONI Embark On Fund Raising
HRM Oba Dokun Thompson, the Oloni of Eti Oni, is planning to build a new primary healthcare centre for the people of the town. The desire to offer a modern day healthcare service for Eti-Oni people, motivated the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Dokun Thompson, to mobilise sons, daughters and friends of Eti-Oni to organise fund-raising activities to source fund for the building of the new primary healthcare centre in the town.
The project is a new community Primary Healthcare Centre, which will gulp about N50 million. On Thursday, 5th April, 2018, a Fund-Raising dinner was held to source money for the take-off of the project.
City People can reveal that the proposed Healthcare Centre is geared towards the upgrading the Eti-On Sustainable Model Smart Town project. The dinner was held two weeks back in Lagos at the new Marcopolo Restaurant along Admiralty Way (Beside Tarzan Jetty), Lekki Phase 1.
Eti-Oni Development Group (EDG), which is also another idea given life by Oba Thompson, is planning to build a model smart town in line with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and for the EDG, the health of the people is paramount to achieve the vision.
Another group called ‘Friends of Eti-Oni’ is involved. It believes ‘Health is Wealth’ and, therefore, collaborating with EDG to realise the EDG’s Vision.
UN 2030 SDG
The 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has 17 main objectives and Good Health Service Delivery by 2030 is priority No. 3
PRIMARY HEALTH CARE DELIVERY
A Primary Health Centre (PHC) serves as a first port of call to see a qualified doctor in the public health sector. It provides, in rural areas, a range of curative and preventive health care services.
A PHC provides 24-hour services and with appropriate linkages, plays an important role in increasing institutional healthcare delivery thereby helping to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates.
For optimal service delivery, resources available have to be kept in view with respect to functional requirements of the Primary Health Centre with minimum standard for building, manpower, instruments and equipment, drugs and other facilities that are important.
What’s the current situation? At the Health Campaign at Cocoa Festival 2017 on Day 4, there was a health check on over 250 farmers for Blood Pressure, Sugar Level in the bloodstreams and, at least, 10 lives must have been saved.
There were, at least, 3 persons whose BP was over 210. They were quickly referred to hospital in Ilesa. There were nursing mothers, who had high sugar levels of over 15. These risks could be quickly addressed if there was a functional PHC in the community.
THE CURRENT ETI-ONI PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CLINIC
It was built about 30 years ago and was officially handed over to Atakumosa East Local Government for management in 1997. Located in an area that is quite some distance away from the center of the community, it was partially functional till about 7 years ago even though most of the rooms were no longer habitable. Besides, there is no water, no light, no bed and other facilities for a community with a population of over 2,000 people and another 7,000 in its surrounding satellite villages.
CURRENT HEALTHCARE SERVICES AT ETI-ONI
For several years, no nurse or doctor was assigned to the PHC, but there is now a health worker, who has to turned his apartment into a make-shift clinic, owing to the deplorable state of facilities in the centre.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROPOSED PHC
The overall objective of the proposed PHC is to provide quality healthcare for the community.
The objectives are:
- To provide comprehensive primary healthcare to the community through the Primary Health Centre. ii. To achieve and maintain an acceptable standard of quality health care services. iii. To make the services more responsive and sensitive to the needs of the community.
The design of the PHC was based on a projection of 40 patients per doctor per day. The expected number of beneficiaries for maternal and child health care and family planning and about 60% utilisation of the available indoor/observation beds (6 beds). The plan is to have a functional round-the-clock service with provision of 24×7 nursing facilities PHC that will be eventually upgraded to provide-24-hour emergency service healthcare for a number of conditions by increasing the number of Medical Officers.
THE DESIGN OF PROPOSED ETI-ONI PHC
It is centrally located and in an area that is accessible to all. There is public utility available and there are plans to have backup generators with adequate water supply.
It is also well planned and boasts of necessary infrastructure, well lit and ventilated with as much use of natural light and ventilation as possible.
It is in a barrier-free environment for easy access to non-ambulance (wheel-chair, stretcher), semi-ambulance, visually disabled and elderly persons.