By Ebele Egoh
Eziowelle (Idemili North LGA), Dec. 3, 2020 (MOI) A former State Reproductive Health Coordinator, Mrs Chinelo Isiogu has commended The Challenge Initiative (TCI) for renovating the Eziowelle Primary Health Centre under 72 hours.
Mrs Isiogu is also the Secretary, Ward Health Development Committee, Eziowelle and Chairman Advocacy Core Group on Family Planning (FP) in Anambra State.
She made the commendation during interaction with journalists at the said renovated PHC in Eziowelle, Idemili North Local Government Area (LGA).
According to Mrs Isiogu, TCI is a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) that promotes true family planning Movement in the state.
The former health coordinator was amazed at the new look and state of the art PHC.
“The PHC in Eziowelle is wearing a new look, and the FP section presently is well-equipped.
“Before now, people rarely come to access FP services for fear of being seen, but now they are knowledgeable about FP methods and their benefits,’’ Isiogu said.
She also expressed happiness at the clean and conducive environment of the renovated PHC, stressing that it had increased the number of people that now visit to access healthcare.
Isiogu thanked TCI for the great job they were doing in the state, pleading with them to replicate the 72 hours makeover in other health facilities in the state that need renovation.
According to her, there is a reduction in the number of women who die from pregnancy and child-birth related complications, attributing it to increased women’s awareness of different family planning methods available in PHCs.
Officer-In-Charge of Eziowelle PHC, and a Family Planning Provider, Mrs Monica Ekwealor, explained: “the availability of free FP commodities contributed to many women coming to the facility to access services’’.
Mrs Ekwealor expressed joy at the way TCI was partnering the State to sensitise Ndi Anambra on the need to adopt family planning for healthier productive mothers and families.
She noted that TCI’s gesture to Eziowelle PHC had provided an enabling environment that had reduced the problem encountered by health workers.
“We were surprised when we saw our facility wearing a new look under 72 hours; the villagers who were aware of the renovation were all surprised at the speed.
“The floors are now tiled, the walls painted, windows changed and television sets installed.
“There are lots of sensitisation and training on the use of modern FP methods and women willingly come to access the services,’’ Ekwealor noted.
She adds: “the misconception around FP is now reduced due to the awareness created by the State and TCI’’.
The Officer-In-Charge said that FP services are safe and free. (MOI)