The Emir of Jiwa Chiefdom in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Alhaji Idris Musa, has accused the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) of neglecting his community, in the provision of basic amenities, such as water, healthcare services, access and electricity.
Speaking when he received, in his palace, the secretary for Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Mallam Abubakar Adamu Bappah, Musa lamented that Jiwa community, which is one of the ancient communities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) does not have a hospital.
He noted that the absence of hospital and other healthcare services in the community has resulted in the death of many children and women in the area, while the administration does nothing about it.
“It is a shame that as a polio ambassador, I do not have any hospital within my domain. My people are dying, our women and children are dying, and the government is not doing anything.
Look, there is no access road, in case of any emergency. How can anyone survive in trying to access Kubwa or Gwarinpa general hospitals? And this is where you have the international timber and building materials market and others, and the railway is just 5km away from here.”
The traditional leader noted that lack of government healthcare facilities in Jiwa community was responsible for the proliferation of quack healthcare personnel such as pharmacists, medicine stores and even medical doctors.
He regretted that Jiwa chiefdom which dates back to 1450, has a clinic which was established in 1944 but become grossly inadequate due to population increase.
Responding, Bappah pledged to look into the problems with all seriousness, adding that he would present the challenges to the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, for further action.
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