BY MONSUR OLOWOOPEJO
FOR years, residents of Ajegunle-Ilo in Alakuko, Ojokoro Local Council Development Area, LCDA, were denied access to public medical service until 2001 when the Federal Government established a Primary Healthcare Centre, PHC, in the town.
The PHC was established by the Federal Government to solve the challenge but 12 years down the road the centre still operates as a mobile clinic.
The medical centre located on Ishola Ariyo Crescent, was officially commissioned on March 11, 2003, by the then minister for integration and cooperation in Africa, Dr. Abimbola Ogunkelu, with the primarily responsibility of caring for child delivery, managing other health complications and primarily paediatric related issues.
Sources said that immediately after the centre was established, it was handed over to late Chief Adenekan, the Oluaje of Ajegunle-Alakuko, Ilo, and his committee for proper management. But after the demise of the Chief, it was handed over to the state Government who in turn handed over to the Ojokoro LCDA.
Even after the state governor, Babatunde Fashola, announced the flag-off of the 26th free healthcare missions in Lagos, about one year ago, the Ajegunle-Ilo PHC was left out of the scheme. When Vanguard visited the centre last Friday, it was gathered that it has since stopped performing its primary responsibility while the residents now go out of the town to get the required public healthcare service.
In an interview with one of the staff who would not want to be named “the only service we provide here is antenatal and post natal care. But our service excludes pregnant women who are having their first delivery.” She added that immediately the pregnancy developed to eight months, “we refer such people to another PHC, at Kola Bus Stop, along Lagos-Abeokuta express way. At that centre, she will get the required care.”
The centre falls short of the United Nations requirements for a standard PHC. According to the UN standards, the centre should have a medical doctor, a pharmacist, a staff nurse and other paramedical support staff which currently is not the case.