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LDS gives Bayelsa community health centre face lift …

Renovates, equip facility with medical supplies

By Emem Idio
AZIKORO-THE Paramount Ruler of Azikoro-Epie town, a suburb of Yenagoa in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state, HRH Amadoko Clever, has described the renovation work and supply of medical equipment worth millions of naira to the Azikoro community health centre by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, LDS, as unprecedented in the area.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Yenagoa, cleaning and repainting the Azikoro community Health Centre during the handing over of the renovated health centre and medical equipment to the community leaders

The monarch, who made the remarks during the handing over ceremony of the renovated health centre with medical equipment by officials of the LDS Church, weekend, commended the church for showing genuine love and concern to the general well-being of the people of Azikoro community as demonstrated by the intervention in the health centre.

He noted that it was gratifying to the people of the community to know that the LDS as a church was only concerned about the spiritual but also  about the physical well-being of its host community, stressing that the  project will impact meaning fully and improve the health condition of the people.

His words: “The LDS Church has come not only to salvage the health centre but also the whole of Azikoro because it will impact on the people. This gesture will make the health centre attractive to the people. This is not the first time; this church has been doing a lot for its host community.   They have set example for other churches and organizations to follow.

“I want to commend them for taking up the challenge by reaching out and showing love to their host community. What they have done is very rare, they have refurbished the entire health facility and brought new medical equipment, I want to commend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, for their work. I will support them and ensure that I talk and encourage my people to worship with them.”

Speaking at the occasion, the President of the Yenagoa-Nigeria Stake of the LDS Church in Bayelsa State, Dr Akekere Jonah, said the project was executed as part of the humanitarian programmes of the church, stating that what informed the intervention of the church was the need to also add value to the physical well being of the people as the spiritual and physical must work together.

As a facility used by the Niger Delta University Department of Community Medicine for the training of medical students, he highlighted that it was imperative to provide some of the equipment to aid the students by improving their learning experience and also help them to consult for the community.

“We have carried out complete renovation works like changing of the roofing sheets, installation of ceiling fans, repainting and supplies of new medical equipment. We are hoping that the community will be able to sustain this medical equipment. We will always be partnering with them if the need arises to ensure that this project is sustained for the good of the community.

“We actually considered three things, one, the need for us to come and take care of the physical health needs of the members of this community knowing too well that the spirit and the physical body work together. As a church, we do not always consider the spiritual side without considering the physical, it is incomplete. So there is also the need for us to look after that.

“Azikoro is a rural community and it links   other communities in Ogbia Local Government Area, and this hospital if properly taken care can serve as referral centre of where health care services could take care of the health care need of the adjoining communities. These are the things that really prompted us to come to the place and see how we can upgrade the health centre.”

In his remarks, Dr. Wisdom Sawyer, a part time consultant of the Department of Community Medicine, Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, NDUTH, said as one of the outreach centres for the training of medical students, the intervention was timely, and commended the LDS Church for their corporate social responsibility to their host community, pointing out that the intervention will improve the working conditions for the workers, patients, and students alike.


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