AMAC unveils Health Centre refurbished by Australian Ambassador





The Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, in the Nigerian Federal capital Territory Administration unveils the renovated Jiwa Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC), with a promise to accelerate creation of conducive environment for efficient service delivery to the people.

The Primary Health Care, PHC, was renovated by the Society for Africa Development (SAEESCO) with the support of Australian High Commission to Nigeria, Amb Paul Lehmann.

With the intervention, the health centre has been given a facelift, with provision of portable water, solar power system, ultrasound scanning machine, 4 outpatient beds and office furniture.

Also, part of the renovation work on the Clinic included the hitherto dilapidated toilets, but now refurbished to take care of the needs of patients and caregivers there.

Speaking during the official handover of the project, Australian High Commission, Ambassador Paul Lehmann, said the intervention was a reflection of their unwavering commitment to improving access to healthcare delivery in Nigeria.

Ambassador Lehmann said that the renovated and equipped Clinic will further boost the health of people especially women and children in the rural area.

While assuring the Council of more support in improving living conditions of the people, the Australian Ambassador thanked the government and Jiwa Emirate Council for paving way for the intervention to become a reality.

In his remarks, after the unveiling of the Clinic, the AMAC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu Candido, described the intervention as apt and timely contribution towards provision of affordable and sustainable healthcare in the council.

According to him, the Australian government’s intervention was in tandem with the current administration’s focus on safeguarding lives through improved access to effective healthcare services.

Deploy dieticians to PHCs, expert urges government



Head of dietetics Department at the National Hospital, Abuja, Mrs Sarah Abagai,  has urged the government at all levels to deploy dieticians to Primary Health Care centres (PHCs) to enable rural dwellers access culturally relevant nutritional information.
Abagai, who made the appeal in Abuja said secrets of eating to live healthy are nutritional information which needs to be disseminated by dieticians at both primary and tertiary healthcare facilities to sanitise food habits of Nigerians.
However, Abagai noted that most trained dieticians were mainly at the urban centres and tertiary health facilities, adding that people at the grass root were deprived of nutritional education.
She said globally  food has been recognised as the most important aspect of man’s lifestyle, a source that sustains or shortens life, hence the need for Nigerians to develop and practice healthy eating habits.
“I discovered a wide gap in the flow of nutritional information that Nigerians can relate to and it takes awareness for people to develop and practice healthy eating habits. Poor dietary habits can result in disease condition which develops slowly in the body without the realisation of the person. However, there is no information as critical as what will enable people live physically, mentally and emotionally energetic and healthy,’’ the expert said.
Abagai stressed that when diseases begin to manifest, people are compelled to imbibe healthy eating habits to treat and manage diseases.
She further enjoined Nigerians to acquire relevant nutritional information, adopt preventive measures and not to be compelled by diseases to eat right and live healthy.