World Health Day: Climate Wednesday Advocates Increased Funding to Health Sector

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As Bariga community seeks construction of modern PHC

From: AgroNature Admin

In its bid to commemorate the World Health Day, a Non-Government Organisation, International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI) has advocated for increased funding to the health sector.

The organisation popularly known as Climate Wednesday made the call when it took an initiative tagged ‘Community Health Talk’ to the grassroots visiting Bariga community in Lagos state.

Members of Climate Wednesday during the visit to Bariga, Lagos to organise Health Talk for the Rural Community

According to the organisers, the event was aimed at engaging members of the community on concerned health issues.

But members of the community who attended the event called for a bigger health care centres to cater for health need of the residents, especially for pregnant women and children.

In a statement issued Wednesday by the ICCDI in Lagos, members of the community disclosed that the, “Health center is not big enough to cater for the number of people in the community though they do not have any challenges with the quality of service in the health care center. They requested for more primary health centers to be built to prevent overcrowding.

“No free drugs service was rendered as resident have to purchase drugs.

“Residents requested for a birth delivery facility as the nearest obstetrics hospital is far away from the community.

“They also complained about delay in services rendered by the waste collectors. Their waste is piled up and afterwards scattered around making the environment dirty due to fact that the waste collectors do not come to collect the wastes in due time. Poor sanitation and pick up of waste within community.”

Participants during the Health Talk organised by the ICCDI (International Climate Change Development Initiative) 

The participants converged at 17, Alhaji Alimi Street.Off Ilaje Road. Ilaje Bariga

Earlier, ICCDI Project Manager, Adenike Adeniran described the talk as interactive where the Climate Wednesday team reminded the rural community of their rights to good health, financing for health for all and the benefits of teamwork.

The Youth Engagement Officer, Azeezat Yishau emphasised on the importance of team work and having reliable representatives in the community who could help them negotiate and demand for their rights from the principals.

Mr. Babatunde Enitan, the group Community Engagement Officer buttressed the points in native Yoruba language for in-depth understanding by the audience.

He advised the residents to spread the campaign and ensure their individual efforts count on health matters.

“They were educated on the importance of personal and environmental hygiene. How to reduce their waste and proper disposal of waste.

“Our message to the government is to start looking at how to invest more into financing health in all levels and how we can do more in making sure our budget is more transparent for accountability,” it read.

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