Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are other killer illnesses such as malaria, Lassa fever, Cholera amongst others, and now the Coronavirus disease. Some of these illnesses are contracted unknowingly and with limited access to healthcare centers for proper medical diagnosis and drug prescription in rural communities, this poses a great challenge to rural dwellers.
This is because as a rural dweller, the extent of home health care services and information a patient can receive at home is limited. Depending on the individual patient’s situation, care can range from nursing care to specialized medical services, such as laboratory workups where a doctor will determine your care plan and services you may need at home.
And with the effect of the pandemic further crippling already fragile system especially in Nigeria, the challenge to develop the future remains a daunting task.
It is in this light that the Livebridge Foundation response that followed in Awayi community in Nasarawa State, provided food items and hygiene materials such as locally made facemask, liquid hand wash and sanitizers, water and soap basins at strategic places in the communities, creation of awareness/ in the communities to volunteers, produced flyers and posters in local Nigeria languages with correct precautions at the peak of the Covid-19 first wave and as a follow up on the health needs of the Awayi community, a Public HealthCare Center was conceived and completed.
Quality Health delivery has remained one of the core intervention areas of the Livebridge Foundation, and the Embassy of Switzerland in Nigeria has demonstrated its importance and commitment to Nigeria by supporting the completion of this project, which aims at providing healthcare support to over 5,000 dwellers of the Awayi village and its surrounding communities in Nassarawa State, Nigeria.
This project sets a motion of love and care and a mandate to achieve set goals centered around the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 3)- “to aspires to ensure health and well-being for all, including a bold commitment to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases by 2030. It also aims to achieve universal health coverage, and provide access to safe and effective medicines and vaccines for all.
“All our appreciations go to the H.E Mr. Georg Steiner, Ambassador of Switzerland in Nigeria and his entire team and to all caregivers and Livebridge Foundation volunteers who in one way or the other saw to the completion of this project, we say thank you. Together we can improve the healthcare conditions of these communities and do more”.
– Founder, LBF