A part of Sango area in Ibadan was bubbly on Saturday, 11th of June, 2016 as members of JCI Ibadan stormed the Sango Community Health Centre to carry out the first phase of their Access to Quality Health (#A2QH) project. The project which focuses on improving the quality of healthcare provided in the Community Health Centre is being done in furtherance of the Organization’s commitment to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 3 on Good Health and Well-being.
Members of JCI Ibadan discovered the Community Health Centre located opposite The Polytechnic Ibadan, where about 100 women visit daily for mostly maternal related cases. They observed that many women who either visited for ante-natal classes or immunization had to stand in the sun or rain for hours while waiting for their turn to be attended to. The Health Centre also had only one toilet facility which was in a deplorable state and yet served about 300 people every week. Due to the unhygienic conditions of some of the health center facilities, including the delivery bed which was infested, pregnant women as well as babies delivered were at risk of contracting infections in the process of child birth.
According to the President of JCI Ibadan, Mr. Wale Bakare, “healthcare should not be dispensed under such conditions, but we cannot wait for the government to fix this. When we see a need, we take the lead. We have levied ourselves and our friends and identified partners to support us by renovating the facility, donating medical equipment and supplies which we will be delivering to the Health Center on the 14th of June. With support from a well meaning member of the community, a shed has been built in the centre to provide shelter to the women and children who come for care. We are working with members of the community to imbibe a better maintenance culture for the renewed facility."
The second phase of the Access to Quality Health project is scheduled to hold on World Blood Donor Day which is Tuesday, the 14th of June, 2016. The Organization intends to have a blood drive where 100 pints of blood will be donated under the supervision of the National Blood Transfusion Service, and delivered to the Health Centre. A call has also been made to interested persons to participate by joining in the blood donation.
JCI Ibadan is committed to being the leading development organization in Oyo State by prosecuting community based projects that develop its members and achieve sustainable impact in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals . It is Local Organisation of Junior Chamber International, a global organization of young people under the age of 40 with the mission to provide development opportunities that empower young active citizens to create positive change.