An assistant director in the Bwari Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Isa Maka, has said that the council immunised 140,273 children against childhood killer diseases last month.
Maka told journalists in Abuja that about 141,069 children benefited from the immunisation exercise held in January this year.
According to him, the council had not recorded any case of meningitis or measles in recent times.
Maka said, “Now the council has 36 operational clinics within the area council. Two out of the five clinics not being utilised have now been equipped and put to use.’’
He said that Gaba Clinic, which was previously not operational, was now serving communities around it.
“Apart from equipping it, a borehole was sunk to provide potable water to the clinic and people in the area,” he said.
Maka also said that the Lower Usman Dam Clinic was renovated at an undisclosed amount.
“We have written a proposal on Sherepe and Kuduru clinics for the contract to be awarded by the council for the equipping of the two clinics.
“Drugs worth N4.5 million were received from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Office and the drugs were distributed to Ushafa, Kogo, Kudupe and Kawu clinics,’’ he said.
The five primary and comprehensive health care centres at Ushafa, Kawu, Kuduru, Shere and Igu were, at various times, inaugurated by the then Permanent Secretary of the FCT Administration, Dr. Nathaniel Olorunfemi.
When newsmen visited the Kuduru Health Centre, the inauguration plague showed that the centre was inaugurated in May 2011, but it was not functional.
Mr. Samuel Agbor, who owns a block industry near the clinic, said the last time someone visited the area was in February 2013.He said that the person said he was there to take stock of missing items in the clinic, as it was reported to the council that the clinic was burgled.
Agbor said that he had foiled many attempts by thieves to burgle the clinic. He alleged that the thieves were always coming for a solar panel, installed in April 2010 to facilitate water supply to the clinic.