Abuja - Alhaji Musa Barde, the Chief of Galadimawa Community, FCT, on Saturday decried the lack of a health centre in the area, which had made it difficult for residents to access health care.
Barde told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the community was feeling neglected as it lacked basic health care needs like a health centre.
"Presently, we don’t have health centre here as you can see the village is an ancient village, it has history, very long history like every other village in Abuja.
"But the only problem we are facing is that of health care, we have been trying to persuade the authority of FCT on how the community can be integrated to the health care system of the territory for people to benefit,’’ he said.
Barde said that people from the area had tried unsuccessfully to convince Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) to assist the community with a health centre.
"If you take a look, the population in the village will require that we have a health centre, because if we do not have any health centre here, it will affect the community.
"Anytime someone was sick, particularly women that normally go for antenatal or time to deliver babies, residents find it difficult to access health care because the hospitals are far from here,” he said.
Barde lamented that the residents had to take their family members all the way from the village to Wuse or Maitama hospitals.
"And if it is possible to have one close to us here, I think it will help us a lot," he said.
He said that the issue of poverty had also been a factor, adding that someone with small income or small business, with no health support would not be comfortable.
"They may find it difficult to get to the general hospital on time because funds may not be available.
"Some residents have such challenges and the problems are real," he said.
According to him, sometimes people have to assist in gathering some small amount of money to carry the sick person to the hospital.
"We have some few private clinics around here that we use when we are sick, but you know how private clinic is, if you don’t have money they will not attend to you and that is the most difficult thing.
"They will not attend but if you don’t have money, so that is the problem we face here generally," he said.
Barde said that some pregnant women deliver at home because of lack of money because they had no alternative.
"Our pregnant women deliver at home when there is no fund for proper care and also the means of getting to hospital on time due to the distance.
"We have Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), they give assistance to our pregnant women, and some of our nurses that work in the general hospitals who live around here.
"But sometimes before you reach out to the nurses, they will say they are on duty, so there is nothing we can do but to seek for alternative means.
"We are appealing to the authority to come to our aid because our population is increasing by the day, our women are given birth everyday and children are increasing.
"We are no more in the rural area, we should enjoy the benefits of belonging to an urban settlement," Barde said.