…to gulp N10m.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Reiterating its commitment to creating change at the grassroots by empowering individuals and their communities, an NGO, ‘SHIFT Nigeria,’ has commenced a N10 million transformation of the Primary Healthcare Center (PHC) in Sigau, in Lere LGA of Kaduna State.
“The Sigau community in Lere has notably been affected by recurrent security issues that have resulted in injuries and deaths. In the midst of these security challenges, the healthcare center, which is severely dilapidated, was barely operational.”
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Kaduna State, via Communications Director of SHIFT Nigeria, Nankwat Dakum Mbi.
“Through the ‘Make Change initiative,’ SHIFT Nigeria has partnered with World Connect and the Sigau community to create change and provide them access to quality healthcare. When completed, the facility will have an impact on the thousands of local residents in the area,” it stated.
Speaking on the ‘Make Change initiative,’ Nankwat Mbi says, “It is extremely disheartening when we see our leaders enjoying the privileges of healthcare abroad, while people are suffering at home.
“A pregnant woman cannot even comfortably deliver at the Sigau facility because they lack basic necessities such as a roof and hospital beds. If we do not work together as a people to ensure that our communities are getting the needs they deserve, then we will find there are no people left to govern.”
In addition to the ongoing renovation of the Sigau facility, SHIFT Nigeria also carries out sensitization programs to encourage health-seeking behaviors in the community. Town Hall meetings between the people and the leaders have also been facilitated by the organization.
The senior leadership, while appreciating the efforts made by World Connect and their $10,000 contribution to the initiative, impressed upon the need for support from fellow Nigerians.
“We cannot do this alone. Renovating an entire healthcare center involves not only the infrastructure but also quality equipment, sufficient medication, and properly trained staff,” says SHIFT Nigeria State coordinator, Auwal Ibrahim:
It, however, stated that, “We need the support of the people and even the government to complete this project and give this community a functioning health care center.”
A resident of the community, Usman Sale, spoke on the significance of the project when completed, saying, “We have lost many of our loved ones because we have to send them outside Sigau for medical assistance – most especially to a hospital that can care for them. Some have died on the way. If this project is finished, it will improve our lives,” he claimed.
“SHIFT Nigeria has consistently worked to support transformational leadership and empower underserved communities by carrying out meaningful projects and facilitating important conversations.
“The group recently completed two clean water projects in Aliade, Benue State, and gave over 300 people free medical exams in Ikorodu, Lagos.
“SHIFT Nigeria is a non-partisan organization that builds support for transformative leaders in communities across the nation,” the NGO stated.