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Spotlighting the Many Challenges at Dappo Primary Health Centre

The Primary Health Care (PHC) system is designed to meet more than 70 percent of an individual’s healthcare needs. What then happens to the individual who can’t access primary healthcare? This is the scenario for the people of Dappo, a rural community in Kontagora Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State, who do not have […]

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Babban Rami PHC: Health Workers Need Support from the Government

Babban Rami, a rural community in Mashegu Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State, has a Primary Health Centre (PHC) that provides healthcare services to the community members and other surrounding settlements. However, the PHC is too small to meet the health needs of the teeming population in its catchment area. According to Mohammed Bello, […]

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Tiwugi Clinic: One Health Worker and No Essentials

Tiwugi is a remote community in Gbako Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. The community’s only health clinic provides antenatal, delivery, immunisation and community outreach services, among others. However, only one health worker does all these – Abdullahi Haruna the officer in charge of the clinic. Haruna said he has tried his best to […]

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Karamin Rami Community: Forced to Assess Healthcare from a Small Shop

After years of neglect, the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Karamin Rami, a rural community in Mashegu Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State, shut down five years ago. It can no longer provide healthcare services to the community members. The PHC is nothing but a dilapidated structure, as there is no roofing, no equipment […]

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Madangen Clinic: A Perfect Picture of Health Inequity

Madangen is a mainly agrarian community under Tungan Wawa ward in Kontagora Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. The community members are unable to readily access quality health care as the only health clinic is in a bad state of disrepair and has been so for over five years, said Yunusa Imam, a health […]

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Code Red: Katakpa Community Health Facility Needs a Reset

Katakpa is a rural farming community in Lapai Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. Due to years of neglect, the only health facility in the community is now barely functional. Mohammed Shuaibu, a community member said, “there are no health workers here. They left because according to them they were not being paid salaries. […]

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Human Resource, a Critical Need for Dawakiji Health Clinic

Dawakiji Basic Health Clinic in Dawakiji community of Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State provides healthcare services to the residents of Dawakiji and neighbouring communities. According to Idris Bashir Kode, the officer in charge of the clinic, the community members, especially women, patronise the health facility for antenatal care (ANC). The building […]

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Jigawa Health Post: Accessing Healthcare with Dignity

Jigawa, a rural community in the Warawa Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State has a health post that provides healthcare services to residents. Health posts are designed to bring quality healthcare closer to rural community members. However, the health post in this community is not operating as it should as residents must sit on […]

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Tungan Gari Clinic: When it Rains, it Pours

The Tungan Gari clinic in Tungan Gari, a rural community in Kontagora Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State, was built 30 years ago. According to Bashar Mohammed, the officer in charge of the facility, it is in a deplorable state, with so many challenges that it is no longer able to provide quality healthcare […]

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Elizabeth Shaba Clinic: Lacking a Critical Amenity

Elizabeth Shaba Maternal and Child Health Clinic is in Nykangbe community, Chanchaga Local Government Area (LGA), of Niger State. The clinic is primarily focused on providing maternal and child health services among other promotive, preventive, and curative health services. Besides being well structured, the clinic has an adequate workforce which enables it to provide 24-hour […]

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Kawo Clinic: A Ward is Not a Labour Room

If Primary Health Centres (PHC) operate at optimal capacity, they can cater to more than 80% of an individual’s healthcare needs. Sadly, Nigeria’s PHC system is riddled with so many challenges that this is hardly the case. Kawo is a rural community in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger State. The community has a health […]

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The Women in Unguwar Duniya Deserve Access to Quality Maternal Care

Pregnant women in some rural communities in Nigeria continue to suffer from the lack of adequate and quality maternal care due to lack of access to a healthcare facility or, where there is a healthcare facility, it often lacks the basic amenities to enable it function effectively. Pregnant women in Unguwar Duniya community, in Dawaki […]

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Warawa Primary Health Center: This is What Happens When Government Steps Up

Like every Primary Health Center (PHC), Warawa PHC in Warawa Local Government Area of Kano State exists to cater for the health needs of the residents of Warawa community and its environs. A few years ago, the entire PHC was renovated, courtesy of the Kano State Contributory Health Care Management Agency (KSCHMA) as a result, […]

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Somajigi PHC: Seeking a Resolution to its Multiple Challenges

Somajigi is a rural community in Gbako Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. A Primary Health Centre (PHC) was established to meet the health care needs of the residents of Somajigi and surrounding communities, but it lacks the necessary infrastructure to enable it function smoothly. Mohammed Chado, the officer in-charge of the PHC said […]