By Lucy Osuizigbo
Indigenes of Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra state have decried the poor condition of their General Hospital, saying it is incapable of providing good healthcare to residents.
According to them, the General Hospital Ekwulobia is the only hospital that serves communities in the entire local government and its environs and for many years now, it has only been offering skeletal services.
Mr Emeka Maduabuchi, President General of the Ekwulobia Peoples’ Assembly, told newsmen that the hospital had failed to operate efficiently due to lack of doctors and medical equipment.
“This is very disheartening that the only government hospital in our community is in this pitiable condition. The hospital itself has become a patient,” as a result of the poor condition.
“This is further exacerbated by the fact that there is no access road to the hospital. There is also inadequate medical personnel and equipment to treat patients.
“Only three doctors work in that hospital and they come from far away to attend to patients. There is a structure for doctors’ residential quarters but it is dilapidated and uninhabitable. When they come, they park their cars at a distance and walk to the hospital because there is no access road.
“There are no major equipment such as X-ray machine and other equipment for surgery, no Eye or Dental clinic, no pharmacy. They buy drugs on credit from a nearby pharmacy and offset the debt when patients pay their bills.
“There are a couple of structures there but they have been overgrown by weeds and two brand new ambulances are rotting away in the premises due to lack of funds to operate them,” he said.
Maduabuchi urged Gov. Willie Obiano to give the General Hospital a face-lift by renovating and upgrading the hospital to a Specialist Hospital with sufficient number of doctors and other health workers.
“Gov. Obiano promised to upgrade that hospital to a specialist hospital since last year, we are calling on him to keep to his promise to provide succor to the dilapidated hospital to ensure
quality health service delivery to Ekwulobia residents, ” he said.
Maduabuchi also urged the Governor to install erosion control barriers in some parts of the community threatened by gully erosion to prevent loss of lives and property.
He also appealed to Obiano to constitute a panel of inquiry to investigate and checkmate the alleged highhandedness of the traditional ruler, Igwe Emmanuel Onyeneke.
“The activities of our traditional ruler has become a big threat to our existence and survival as a people. We the community members of Ekwulobia have instituted no fewer than 15 cases in court against the monarch.
“We beg the governor to intervene in the matter to avert possible breakdown of law and order in the area, ” Maduabuchi said.