A young pharmacist graduate has called on pharmacy professionals and other well-meaning Nigerians for financial assistance to help improve health conditions in five local communities in Kebbi States.
Pharm. Rosalie Ijomone Oghogho is a serving corps member from the University of Port Harcourt with NYSC code KB/16A/1475 whose primary place of assignment is Aisha Buhari General Hospital Jega, Kebbi State.
As part of her Community Development Service (CDS) project, the 28-year-old has identified five local communities in Kebbi where no fewer than 2,000 women and children are suffering from malnutrition.
The target communities are Jega, Birnin Yari, Gindi, Alelu, Tutu Wada and Dumbego
The project, which has already kicked off, entails setting up a team that would comprise doctors, pharmacists, nurses, nutritionists, laboratory technicians and other community health workers who will ensure provision of medical care and medical equipment, including thousands of insecticide treated mosquito nets; renovation of Gindi Health Centre; sinking of borehole to provide good water source; procurement of nutritious food supplements and drugs, as well as coordinate other logistics.
“Daily, an average of five children is rushed into the accident and emergency unit either for anaemic conditions or due to being malnourished, unconscious or at the point of death,” Oghogho said. “This is a critical problem as the strength of a country is her people. If the children, who are supposedly the future of a society, do not live to a prime age to develop and influence their society but die at early age, what is the hope of that society?”
Oghogho explained that the prevalence of infectious diseases especially among children in the communities is quite alarming, adding that it is largely due to factors such as ignorance, poverty, malnutrition, poor personal hygiene, self-medication, drug abuse, unwillingness to access health facilities, amongst others.
She posited that if the five communities are properly enlightened on the importance of colostrum, exclusive breastfeeding complementary nutritive diet requirement, as well as the importance of visiting healthcare facilities for immunisation and early detection of symptoms, a lot of mortalities found in children would be reduced to the barest minimum.
Speaking further, the young crusader disclosed that through this project, her team intends to improve health and nutrition standard of children in the host communities, link pregnant women to health facilities for proper antenatal/postnatal care, and reduce morbidity and mortality rates among infants to the barest minimum.
Other objectives, according to her, include creating awareness on the dangers of self-medication and drug abuse, early detection of ailments, as well as imbibing a culture of good personal hygiene and empowerment of local women on skills acquisition, such as beads, soap, bag, snacks and drinks making.
“We need a minimum of N800,000 to bring about sustainable development and improve upon the standard of living in the communities. Obviously, the execution of this project is far beyond my personal capability.
“Therefore, I solicit sponsorship, support or assistance from well meaning Nigerians especially for the successful execution of this project. Your donations in cash or materials (drugs or other items) will be greatly appreciated,” Oghogho pleaded.
The pharmacy grad has provided the following bank details for support:
Bank: First Bank.
Account Name: Rosalie Ijomone Oghogho
Account No: 3044935316.
Pharm. Rosalie Ijomone Oghogho can be reached on 08069201677.