The joy of natives of Eyulor community in Urue Offong Oruko Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State cannot be quantified.
Their dream of more than half a century to own a functional health facility was recently realized. The dream came true as one of the numerous micro projects assisted by the World Bank and the Akwa Ibom state government under the Community and Social Development Projects (CSDP) for communities in the state.
Chairman, Eyulor Community Project Management Committee (CPMC), Mr Francis Onobo, expressed the feelings of the people during the official inauguration of the community clinic. He said the community would eternally remain grateful to AK-CSDP and World Bank for coming to their rescue.
“Prior to this time, the communities had lost women to childbirth due to the distance of the community to the nearest health care facility.
“The only one they could was a make-shift facility for leprosy infectious diseases in the swampy
area of Udim-Oro near the bridge at the entrance of Eyulor. But the building had since been washed away as they were temporary structures with no solid foundations.
“Today, we have an ultra-modern health facility with clinic furniture, equipment made possible by the World Bank grant program. The goal is to provide antenatal care and delivery services to women in Eyulor and surrounding communities to reduce the incidence of maternal and child mortality and the resultant number of orphans and vulnerable children.”
“We are particularly excited today as this primary health Clinic is being commissioned at the time politicians are using free medical care to flag off their campaigns. We therefore invite them to come and make use of our facility,” he said.