Reps call for completion of Federal Health Centres in Anambra

The House of Representatives on Thursday urged Federal Government to fast-track the completion of the ongoing construction of Federal Health Centres in Okpeze and Enugwu-Umuonyia communities of Orumba North and Orumba South Local Government Areas of Anambra State.

This followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Rep. Okwudili Christopher Ezenwankwo, on the need for the completion of the contract of the projects which was awarded by the Federal Government for the construction and equipment of Federal Health Centres both at Okpeze and Enugwu-Umuonyia communities of Orumba North and Orumba South Local Government Areas of Anambra State.

In leading the debate, Hon. Ezenwankwo observed that the contractors abandoned the Okpeze building construction project at carcass level, completed the Enugwu–Umuonyia building but left it unequipped and unusable till date.

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According to him, “the House is aware that those projects have been abandoned for almost a decade, with the buildings serving as a hideout for hoodlums

“The House is concerned that the rationale for siting those health centres at the remote communities of Okpeze and Enugwu–Umuonyia was to give these communities access to quality health facilities, especially during the rainy seasons due to the nature of their topography

“The House is worried that on many occasions sick people from those communities break down and pregnant women deliver on their way to access healthcare services from other communities

“The House is cognizant that if those projects are not completed the efforts of the Federal Government to provide healthcare services for those communities would be in vain and the people would continue to suffer in accessing healthcare services”.

To this end, the House mandated the Committees on Health Institutions, Healthcare Services, and Rural Development to investigate the matter and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

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