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Better Life For The People of Atta, Ikeduru LGA

Hundreds diagnosed and treated at equipment handover ceremony

Latter Day Saints Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in partnership with Rotary Club of Ikenegbu District 9142, has brought joy and succor to the people of Atta community in Ikeduru Local Government Area by renovating and equipping St Christopher Hospital Atta, owned and managed by The Anglican Church.


The hospital has been in existence since the colonial era, providing health care services to the people of Ikeduru and its environs. Due to lack of facilities needed for this important obligation in some recent years The Health Centre has not been able to provide proper health care. The renovation and equipment donation have now archived poor service delivery in history.

Speaking at the official handover ceremony of the hospital at Atta, the medical director of the hospital, Dr. David Iwuagwu, reported the hospital was abandoned for over ten years in a dilapidated state. “Today the people of Atta community and Anglican church family have something to lift their spirits, thanks to Rotary and Latter-Day Saints Charities”

Iwuagwu continued, “We have been functioning, but with a woeful state of dilapidation of facilities and infrastructure, so what we have received today has changed the future of healthcare in this community.”.

The traditional ruler of the community, Jeffrey Anika, could not hide his joy and excitement at the commissioning of the project as he recounted how his father was born in the same hospital many years ago.

He thanked Rotary Club and LDS Charities for coming to the aid of the community, saying, “It was a great burden to renovate the hospital and we watched helplessly as it continued to deteriorate. Today I am happy that it has come back to life. This hospital has a history for me because this is where my father was born”. He promised to mobilize his subjects to continue to support the hospital.

The President Rotary Club of Ikenegbu, District 9142, Lady Adaobi Nwolisa, thanked Latter-Day Saints Charities for partnering with them to ensure that the project was a great success. She said, “When we saw the pictures of the hospital overgrown with weeds, we saw the need to assist, especially after considering what the people of the community will be going through without a functional hospital”. 

The District Governor of Rotary Dr. Emman Ude Akpeh who was very impressed and elated at the project, charged the people to do good. “Do good whenever you can and wherever you can, for the good we do come’s back to us. Whenever there is threat to either peace or health in the world we are all under threat, so strive to make the world a better place”.

Moses Nwabunwanne, First Counselor of the Owerri Nigeria Stake (similar to a diocese) represented LDS Charities. He said that the collaboration with the Rotary Club to renovate the hospital is one of the very many works of charity the Church has participated in to better the lives of the less privileged.

Nwabunwanne charged the hospital management to reciprocate the kind gesture by reducing the cost of assessing healthcare at the hospital to the barest minimum.

The highpoints of the occasion were the diagnosis and treatment of hundreds of people who had various illness ranging from malaria, typhoid, typhoid fever, hypertension, etc.  and handing over of the medical equipment which included, delivery beds, suction machine, hospital beds, blood bank, Centrifuge, Glucometer, Screens, Malaria and HIV Test kits among other things.

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