By Chidimma E Okoye

Nnewi, Jan. 17, 2021 (MOI) The Justice Development and Peace Caritas (JDPC) of the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, has directed its members to ensure a smooth functioning of health centres in their areas.

The JDPC gave this directive during a meeting held at Nnewi during its Community Empowerment Network (COMEN) held in conjunction with the Ward Development Committees (WDCs).

The Officers-In-Charge (OIC’s) of Primary health Centres (PHC’s) and other community stakeholders also attended the meeting.

The event was also to ensure that funds received from the Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Awka would be judiciously utilised in improving the physical environment and services to the people.

The JDPC’s Programme Manager, Mrs Ugochi Ehiahuruike said that the interactions and follow up exercise was to ensure adequate stewardship, support and encouragement in line with the use of the accessed basic health funds by PHC’s.

She urged Oba 1, Oba 3, Nnokwa, Ukpor, Utuh, Ezinifite health centres, each of which received their N600, 000 funds each from the ASPHCDA, Awka to prioritise their need because the funds might not be enough to solve all maintenance, infrastructure and transportation problems of PHC’s at the same time.

Mrs Ehiahuruike, however, enjoined Ojoto, Oba 2, both in Idemili South, Ebenato, Nnewi South and Amesi PHC’s which had yet to receive their funds not to relent in making the right efforts as the funds would still come.

“The funds come in batches following when approvals of government are received.’’

She called on all the stakeholders to always imbibe the spirit of the teamwork so as to achieve more for their individual communities and for the common good of the people they were representing.

“This idea is to make our primary healthcare centres better for us the citizens, the less privileged, the downtrodden and for people who cannot afford international healthcare services.

“Let us join hands to make our healthcare system at the grassroots to work well as nobody knows who will be in need of emergency attention anytime.

“OIC’s work together in understanding with WDC chairmen and other community stakeholders to achieve better results,’’ she said.

The Anambra COMEN Chairman, Mr Godwin Ideh, who represented Oba PHC 3 affirmed that they had received their own fund amounting to N600,000 with physical drugs and consumables.

He added that they had started some maintenance work at their facility from the fund.

He explained that the reductions in cash in by some communities in the funds they were given were due to the refunds meant for centres covered in the supply of some quality drugs.

Mr Ideh noted that the received funds were meant for the third quarter of year 2020, saying that it was the first time such funds were being accessed by PHC’s in the state.

The WDC Chairman, Nnokwa in Idemili South LGA, Dr Ada Ibekwe urged the members of WDC in every community to live up to expectation in their duties and always endeavour to ask questions to ensure that the funds meant for the community PHC’s were not diverted.

She noted that Nnokwa PHC had accessed their basic health fund with drugs and consumables and that it was being used in the tiling of floors and renovation of the facility.

In attendance were Oba 1 & 3, Nnokwa, Utuh, Ukpor and Ezinifite PHC’s.  (MOI)

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