News Release

Akwu-Ukwu Primary Health Centre Renovated

Mother who gave birth after renovation applauds gesture

LDS Charities- the Humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has upgraded Akwu-Ukwu Health Centre into a modern facility. The renovation and handing over of the Primary Health Centre evoked jubilation and dancing from women of the community.  

Akwu-Ukwu Primary Health Centre (PHC) is one of the 189 communities of Anambra State and situated along the Onitsha-Owerri federal highway. Before the renovation and donation of medical equipment, roofs were leaky, patients’ beds were squeaky, and mattresses worn out.

PHC Chief Nursing Officer, Mrs. Chukwurah Eucharia, said: “Before January, this hospital was in a bad state. We had leaky roof, broken fence and bad floor. Our toilet was also very bad, and we had less facilities and equipment to take care of our patients. I felt so bad myself because I was a chief nursing officer in a hospital that could not do anything for the people of the community who depended on us."

“I am happy that those days are behind us thanks to LDS Charities. Since they did this job, we have been experiencing an influx of patients here. Gone are the days when our people travelled to neighboring communities to access healthcare. Just this month, we have witnessed the highest turnover of deliveries. The new facilities make our work easy,” the Chief Nursing Officer concluded.

Stella Ikebilisi, a newly delivered mother at the health centre was excited that the cost of delivery at the health centre has been greatly reduced since the project was completed by the LDS Charities, she also noted that there have been increased patronage to the hospital too.

Honorable Edwin Ejezie the Local Government Chairman, Idemili South Local Government thanked LDS Charities for their magnanimity and remarked the equipmet would be well cared for. .

Peter Ezeigwe, president of the Onitsha Nigeria Stake (group of congregations), who spoke on behalf of the Church, encouraged the community to do good and be of help one to another. He also encouraged them to help the poor and needy get access to medical treatment at the centre. He charged them to use the equipment donated judiciously.

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