RESIDENTS of Gbatse Mbanyeh in Ushongo Local Government Area of Benue State were recently in a joyous mood when the Millennium Developmental Goals/Sustainable Development Goals completed the construction of a primary healthcare project with solar powered borehole and overhead tank in the area.
The project is part of the first phase of the MDGs/SDGs conditional grant scheme flagged off by the present state government in March this year.
According to the community leader, Nyinyongo Gbatse, “for us in Gbatse community, I think this is the first of its kind. This is the first time we are having this kind of project and we thank the state government for the great work. The borehole will be of a great help to us and neighbouring communities.
“The project is very important to us because most times, we travel to Adikpo or Ushongo to getmedical attention but now as soon as this project becomes operational, it will relieve us of the burden of having to travel many kilometres to access medical attention.”
Another resident of the community, Andrew Gbatse said, “we are very happy about the hospital. Our wives give birth at home without the assistance of midwives, but with this development, that has become a thing of the past. We appreciate the present administration in Benue State for the gesture.
“Before now, we depended on streams for drinking water but we are happy with the turn of event which has brought potable water to this community.”