Nigeria

Nigeria: Q1/2012: Gure Clinic Progress Report

June 7, 2012

Rotimi Salau and Jonathan White

Project Background:

Real Medicine Foundation, supported by World Children’s Fund, has partnered with the Kwara State Ministry of Health, the Nigerian Youth Service Corps and the Gure Gwassoro Ward Development Committee to support the previously abandoned Gure Model Health Center. Situated near the Nigeria/Benin Republic border, the clinic is the only access to healthcare for a population of 154,376 in the Baruteen Local Government Area and its surrounding towns. Patients even cross the border from the Benin Republic to seek treatment at the clinic.  Nigeria has the 4th lowest survival rate of children under five out of 191 countries, a child mortality rate of 140 per 1,000, and a maternal mortality rate accounting for 10% of the global burden of maternal deaths.  

Photo: New mothers and their newborns gather at the clinic for immunizations and health care basics training

Our ongoing efforts are the continual upgrade of the existing clinic and managing of the clinic according to RMF/WCF’s global standards, improving hygiene, function and safety as well as standard of medical operations; restore community faith in clinic’s operations.

Project Objectives:  

  • Human capacity building and upgrade of the clinic for better health care delivery
  • Provide regular Medicines and Medical supplies to the clinic
  • Provide support to existing Medical Personnel
  • Investigate Solar electrical supply
  • Bore Hole for drinking water and water to clinic
  • Review urgent needs to increase the quantity of patients treated and quality of treatment
  • Prepare larger project quotes for capacity improvement (Solar power/Bore Hole Drilling)

Summary of RMF/WCF-sponsored activities carried out during the reporting period under each project objective: 

  • Treatment of patients at the clinic, focusing on Malaria, Maternal Child care, and prenatal care and observation
  • Maternal and Child Health trainings and outreach being conducted for new mothers
  • Preliminary survey of Malnutrition in Gure and surrounding communities has started

Photo: A group of malmourished children in Gbasboro village, provided with food & other supplies by clinic staff.

  • Immunization of Newborns
  • Provision of Medical Laboratory services
  • Continued purchase and delivery of medicines and medical supplies
  • Provision of Dental care services for patients in the community

Results and/or accomplishments achieved during this reporting period:

The First Quarter witnessed an equally high rate of patient turn-out for treatment at the clinic as prior quarters. There was a significant rise in cases of Diarrhea, Dysentery and Typhoid fever traced to the increased intake of unclean water during the peak of dry season in West Africa., when clean water is very hard to come by. Although all the patients were managed successfully the medicine stock was drained quicker than usual.

Medicine Delivery:

Essential medicine supplies were purchased to last from late January through late April 2012, and as of early May have been restocked again.

Cleaning Supplies and Malaria Nets:

Anti-Malarial treated nets, disinfectants, and detergents (Izal, Omo and Detol) were almost completely used and were restocked as of early May.

Basic Laboratory Reagents/Facilities: 

Basic laboratory tests are being conducted in the clinic to facilitate better health care delivery versus the previous referral to Ilorin.

Additional laboratory reagents to facilitate the diagnoses of diseases to ultimately improve Health Care were purchased in January 2012 and delivered at the clinic.

Maternal and Newborn Child Healthcare Clinics and Immunizations:

A well attended immunization gathering and class on newborn health issues, hygiene and care was conducted for all interested at the clinic during the First Quarter.  These are being held at least once a quarter or more depending on the number of new mothers each quarter.

Number served/number of direct project beneficiaries:

6,676 patients were treated in the Fourth Quarter

Country Page: Nigeria Initiative Page: Healthcare Project, Gure