The Primary Health Centre Project

In the short term, the following goals are being targeted:
1. Create awareness about healthy living and hygienic practices, and provide medical/health supplies for the people of Nongov Village, in Buruku L.G.A., Benue State
2. Mobilise community and external support to build a 10-room primary health centre in Nongov Community, Buruku L.G.A., Benue State
3. Equip the primary health centre with relevant furniture, health education aids, and laboratory items/kits
4. Train ten (10) local community health workers to support specialist/medical staff in administering basic health education and treatment, preventing and controlling locally endemic diseases, and treatment of common diseases using appropriate technology
5. Facilitate two community dialogue and value reorientation sessions with the Nongov Community people on the MDGs and sustainability of the health centre project
6. Constitute a hospital management board which would comprise some of the respected and trusted youth leaders of the community, the resident medical doctor, a local government health official, as well as a state ministry of health official who would ensure proper management and maintenance of the health centre

*In view of middle to long term projections for sustainability of the project, the following objective would also be considered:
1. Establish a community trust fund which would be used to obtain funds from private donors, government and international agencies for sustainable development in the community
2. Facilitate an insurance scheme to enable community members, who are largely farmers, to be fully involved in committing financially to the growth and sustainability of the primary health programme/project
3. Provide an ambulance for emergency transfer of patients with major health challenges to the nearest specialist hospital for proper care/treatment/surgery

The primary beneficiaries of this project are the residents of Nongov Community in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State.

Nongov is an interior community in Buruku L.G.A, which is located at least 150km from Makurdi, the state capital. Located at least 6 kilometres from the main road and under the Mbaade Local Council Ward, the Nongov kindred comprise approximately 10,000 adults and children. The nearest primary health centre is in Tofi, nine (9) kilometres away from Nongov, whilst the nearest health post at Mbatera, which is now dilapidated, was built in 1991 and is over three kilometres away from the village. Grossly understaffed (it has not more than three experienced staff on duty), bereft of required drugs and other medication, and located across a river, the old health centre is not easily accessible by the villagers. It is also worthy of note that there is no electrification in the community, hence the need for the proposed health centre to be powered by a power-generating set, pending when the community becomes electrified. The major occupation of the people is farming.

1. The World Health Organisation states that the nearest health centre to a community should not be located more than three (3) kilometres away. This condition is not being met in Nongov Village.
2. Nongov Village is not easily accessible by vehicles as some parts of the uneven road are ridden with gullies and small rocks which can easily damage vehicles plying the route; these make it difficult for the movement of people, especially during the rainy season.
3. The capacity of the nearest health post is grossly inadequate in responding to the basic health needs of the people of Nongov, considering the population of over 10,000 people.
4. Women in Nongov, including the wives of the chiefs, still give birth on banana leaves, a rather unhealthy practice that endangers the lives of women and their would-be offspring. (It is culturally acceptable for the women to give birth in hospitals.)
5. Malaria, Hepatitis, acute dysentery, ringworm, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and HIV/AIDS are some of the most common health conditions in the locality. This calls for urgent attention.

Here are some of the potential benefits of carrying out the project:
1. Marked improvement in healthy practices and easy access to affordable health care by
the people of Nongov Village
2. Value-reorientation of the people towards wholesome living through advocacy,
trainings and sensitization
3. Reduction of child mortality
4. Improved maternal health
5. Control of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other related diseases
6. Development of a global partnership for development
7. Employment of the local labour force in most of the construction projects/tasks, thereby
creating short-term employment for the community people
8. Community involvement and ownership of the project: the people would develop a sense of commitment and ownership in the achievement of the millennium development goals in their locality
9. Further development: it is also hoped that this project would bring more government attention to the host community, and this could attract more potential partners and volunteers for further socio-economic development work in the community

Talks are in progress with the following parties to supporting the project, even beyond completion of this first phase – i.e., the establishment.

. The Nongov Community & the Buruku Local Government Area authorities will help in the
o Mobilisation of the indigenes and residents for community-wide health awareness and sensitization outreach, as well as dialogues with the community’s elders and youth leaders in establishing the primary health centre
o Maintenance of the centre and accommodation of its staff, both from NYSC and the Ministry of Health

· The Benue State Ministry of Health will support in
o Equipping the primary health centre with necessary medical equipment and drugs
o Staffing the centre with a medical doctor (who would manage the centre), a trained nurse, and a pharmacist
o Transporting and assigning two of its staff (the head of births and an health
educator) for health awareness and sensitization programme in the community

· National Youth Service Corps, Benue State
o Posting of Youth Corps members: a doctor, a pharmacist, a nurse and peer
educator trainers on completion of the project, for sustainability and effective
service provision in the community

· Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria, Makurdi, Benue
o Donation of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis test kits
o Provision of malaria and related drugs at very affordable rate to the centre on completion, equipping and staffing of the centre

· Individual and corporate project sponsors
o Donation towards building and furnishing the primary health centre building
o Awareness creation and support in fund raising drives for the project

Click here to DOWNLOAD the detailed project proposal: The Nongov Community Primary Health Centre Project_ May 2012_ final_ by Gbenga Awomodu


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