UNHEALTHY RURAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

Health is wealth.Evidences at every turn one takes proves this to be true. A healthy man/woman works with assured strides of steps. Howbeit, such person could not be said to be free of any presence of disease, aches and virus in his body system.

But he knows that he is healthy to pursue his daily businesses and catch up with appointments. He is fit to contribute productivity to the socio-economic growth of the nation. It is this need to ensure the creation of wealth .irinnews.org  both on individual, state or national basis and level that efforts seemed geared to  instituting a dependable health care delivery system worthy to trust, for the people.

It is first of all a prime function of the government, in spite of what the citizens can do, to keep a healthy environment and good hygiene,to provide the mechanism and facility for health care delivery. A healthy people makes a properous nation.ahro.kabissa.org So that when a sound health care delivery programme beginning at the grassroot is streamlined, the people feel to have been integrated into government programme.

Doing otherwise, would scuttle the expected national prosperity. Rural health care centers are built to cater for the primary health care needs of the the rural dwellers africaaction.org. This is where the village people live, those who make up the greater population of the people.

When a village man is incapacitated by the stroke of ill health,actionaid.org his fate hangs in a balance. The first remediation conceived by such ill health affected village man is to consult the native doctor<herbal medical practitioner<debia> . 

He does this because he is financially poor. Can not afford the orthodox medicine and the services provided by the clinic.This is the understanding,globalissues.org no doubt, that has made the state government to establish the health centers. The medical services there are to be subsidized to make health care accessible to the people. This is an enormous challenge.

But every year budgetary allocation is made not only to pay the personnel nor to maintain the facility but to regularly provide the equipment; drugs, beddings and other accessories, required at these centers.When this attention is not adequately provided by the government, it is not only considered to have failed or abdjucated  its responsibilty but subjects its citizens to “health suicidal living”. 

This is so because the rural communities are distance from the urban cities where medical services are said to be handy with a larger number of health practitioner available.In times of health emergency at the rural communities,plutius.com it will be cumbersome for such sickness afflicted person to go through the pains of beating the transportation hurdles or the communication difficulties to access medical service. 

While almost every rural community has health care centers, usually located at the local government headquarters, it has not elicited greater or wider reach to the hinterland.The health personnel also do not reflect the training and humanity they are expected to possess. There is need for regular retraining.

Sadly, it is said that only one fully accredited medical doctor if not a youth corper or nurses are posted to such centers. Most rural health centers are increasing becoming less functional.Not only because of the poor work attitude of the personnel but also for the fact that the supervisory authority shelf their responsibilities. 

By this, health care delivery continued to deteriorate. Drugs are almost always unavailable under the scarcity syndrome. This is a severe set back. The scarcity of drugs is however a common syndrome  in clinics and hospitals. This has contributed largely to the low status of public hospitals seen as glorified diagnosing centers. 

At the private clinics, there seems to be a  conspiracy against the patient who most times is short changed and made to pay for services hcpartnership.org  not provided him or asked to stay a little longer at the hospital bed to incur more financial expenses. 

Every year, government budget spells out how adequate supply of drugs and health services should be made available to the rural health institutions and by extension the people.This, usually, do not follow the outlined  intentions, regrettably. The question that is asked often is where does the money go.

Can any one give an explanation?. Statistics continued to show high rate of mortality and morbidity in the rural areas. Poor water supply, sanitation and illiteracy make worse the situation.The more neglect the rural health service suffers, the higher the records and indeed a proof right of the ranking of the country as the forth among polio-endermic nations in the world, aside the threat tuberculosis [TB] is posing. 

Truly, life expectancy for both men and women has dropped to 43 years and death is put at 13.7%.The  nations’ health care spending ,as a percentage of gross  demestic product[GDP] is just at 2.2% and hospital beds per one thousand of the population is only 0.9%.The  implication is that one bed is used by one thousand people. 

Though this is a rough estimate, it shows how the rural communities’ health care delivery is some what deplorable. Stakeholders have continued to decry the situation .It is no wonder that the rural community people are left with the choices of self help efforts and they do this by patronizing quacks, trado-medical herbs or the itinerant medicine peddler who often presents one drug as potent to cure a catalogue of diseases and ailment.

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