Road to Chukula
“We are a community that value lives. That was why we put the old facility in place. But unfortunately, it collapse due to lack of proper maintenance.
“We are not finding it easy at all to move from one place to the other especially when one is ill. Sometimes, you have to disembark from motorcycle especially when but rains.
“We have been like this for years. We have had cases whereby sick persons died on transit. You can see what you have experienced on your way coming. You can imagine what it would look like if you were to be a woman with pregnancy.
“We need help here. We need medical intervention to start with. There is no toilet. People deficate in the bush. And when it rains, it washes the excreta into rivers which are the major sources of water.”
Also speaking, Malachi Galadima, reiterated the efforts of his people to own PHC and the expectations that, the state government would take it up. He was of the view that, the health of every citizen of the state should be of great concern to the state government no matter the distance.
He said, “we are aware that, the health status of any community is very important because it will show the international community the seriousness of such society.”
Narrating her ordeal, 39 years old mother of three simply identified as Mama Israel told this correspondent that, the issue of climbing and riding on motorcycles during pregnancy was one too many, especially, during the first trimester.
“What do we do. This is our ancestral home. I got married seven years ago though from another village. But I lost my first pregnancy to the bad road. But thank God, I got used to the system and I now have three children.
“I did not give birth to any of them in hospital because of my previous experience. We have experienced old women who do assist us with herbs until delivery. But I would have used hospital if we have one within our community or somewhere trekable.
“I was told about the one the community people built. But as at the time I was brought here, it was already in bad shape. Please help us to talk to government or anyone that can help us with healthcare facility here. So, we can say we are part of Kaduna State and we are Nigerians”, she yelled. Read more here