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Toroko Health Clinic needs infrastructure, health workers

Toroko is an agrarian community in Gbako Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. A small health clinic is in the heart of the community, but it can’t meet the healthcare needs of the community members due to challenges with human resource for health and poor infrastructure. Mohammed Bisanti, the officer in-charge of the facility, […]

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We have a health facility, but no health workers: Ashuwa community cries out.

In 2012, a Primary Health Centre (PHC)) was built for the people of Ashuwa community, a rural community in Magama Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. This was a welcome development as, for the first time ever, they were able to access their healthcare needs with ease. Before the PHC was built, community members […]

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Improved Uptake of Antenatal Services at Jido Primary Healthcare Centre

Jido Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) stands in the middle of Jido community of Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State. This is quite significant as the PHC, which was refurbished in 2017 by the European Union Support to Immunisation Governance in Nigeria (EU-SIGN) project, provides maternal services, immunisation, and family planning services to […]

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Inadequate Antenatal and Family Planning Commodities at Maternal and Child Health Clinic, Gwada

Maternal and Child Health Clinic (MCH) Gwada is the only government owned primary health centre (PHC) in Gwada community of Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. MCH Gwada was designed to provide maternal and child health services to this and other neighbouring communities. But, owing to the consistent lack of antenatal medications and […]

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UTACCHU Primary Health Centre: How Did it Get this Bad?

Utacchu Primary Health Centre (PHC) was built years ago to meet the healthcare needs of the members of Utacchu Community in Kontagora Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. As a result of years of neglect, everything in the PHC is either broken or rundown and currently, both health workers and community members have abandoned […]

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The Women of Yar Gaya Community Deserve to Give Birth in Dignity

Yar Gaya Primary Health Centre (PHC) is a health facility in Yar Gaya community in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State. Established 42 years ago, the PHC is plagued by so many challenges that it now only provides skeletal services, leaving community members with no option but to travel long distances in […]

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Runa Primary Health Centre: No Longer Reliable

Since the early 90s, residents of Runa community in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State have relied on Runa Primary Health Centre (PHC) for their health needs. However, the health facility can no longer cater to the health needs of the community members. According to Ahmad Abubakar, a health worker in the […]

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Lemu PHC: On the Way to Becoming a ‘Model’

Adama Sani brought her son to Lemu Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Lemu community, Gbako Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. According to Sani, services at the PHC started improving 2 years ago, thanks to the intervention of the Niger State Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) office. “Before, when you bring your child here, he […]

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Matandi PHC: Only a Total Renovation will do.

It is not hard for a first-time visitor to Matandi Primary Health Centre (PHC) to imagine it as the well-built, well equipped health centre it once was, positioned to meet the health needs of the people of Matandi community in Magama Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. But that was in the past. The […]

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Here’s why The Government Should Renovate Saidu Namaska Primary Health Centre

For any person seeking to ascertain how well a Primary Health Centre (PHC) operates, the best people to speak to are the health workers in the facility, as well as the patients, preferably pregnant women, who use it more frequently than other community members. Wasila Bala is a health worker at Saidu Namaska PHC in […]

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Gada Yan Biyu PHC: Where Healthcare is Not Accessible

Healthcare must be accessible, and like every Primary Health Centre, Gada Yan Biyu PHC was built to ensure that the community members of of Gada Yan Biyu in Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State, have access to quality healthcare. But the PHC is not able to meet the community’s healthcare needs as, according […]

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Nuwankosoma PHC: Nothing but an empty shell

Nuwankosoma Primary Health Center (PHC) in Gbako Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State was built 20 years ago and there is no evidence that it has undergone any tangible renovation in that period. The PHC was built in the early 2000s to meet the health care needs of the people of Nuwankosoma community who […]

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GABADNA PHC: Where Basic Health Care is a Myth

Gabadna community in Paikoro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State is a community where residents are forced to access healthcare in a Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) that is so decrepit, one would think it was no longer in use. Garba Kafa, an elderly man who is also a security guard at the health facility […]

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Poor Accountability for Tashan Jirgi Primary Healthcare Centre Constituency Project Causing Local Community Hardship

Tashan Jirgi is a fishing community in Kwata ward in Wushishi Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. The community has a new health facility, built by the member representing Wushishi LGA in the Federal House of Representative in 2020. However, for over a year since it was built, the facility has been under lock […]