By Dennis Agbo
THE Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Abakaliki has taken health care services to the door steps of the rural dwellers in the State through its rural health integrated outreach imitative.
Medical Director of the FMC, Dr. Olisemeka Ezeonu said the initiative was informed by high mortality, morbidity and inability of some rural dwellers in Ebonyi state to access medical care that is usually situated in the townships, kilometers away from the rural dwellers.
Speaking in Nkomorro Community in Ezza North local government area of the state, where it kicked off the pogramme, Ezeonu saidÂ the programme became necessary owing to the high level of mortality and morbidity rates in the areas which according to him is often caused by lack of medical care delivery in some communities.
He reiterated readiness of the hospital to extend such health care delivery to other parts of the State and appreciatedÂ donor institutions such as First Bank, Skye Bank and Dan Orjiako Memorial which he said facilitated the rural out reach by providing vehicles, drugs and other hospital equipment.
Chairman, Ezza North local government area, Mr.Ikeuwa Omebeh said the people of Nkomoro are vulnerable to diseases as a result of lack of access to health care facilities, adding that the administration in the State had always shown concern in this area, hence the callÂ on the people of the area to participate in the programme to enable them have good access to health care in the state.
Earlier, the traditional ruler, Ezeogo David Nworie observedÂ that the major problem of the community was health care service because of their high poverty level. He called on the people of the community to make maximum benefit from the rural integrated health outreach programmeÂ while urging the FMC to extend the programme to other communities.