Malaria, polio, cholera, diarrheal disease, hypertension, diabetes, cataracts and high maternal mortality are all significant health issues in Nigeria. Prevalent and widespread poverty, poor hygienic conditions, unsafe drinking water and inadequate sanitation worsen the situation of these serious health conditions, many which result in death. Lack of prenatal care and limited or no access to medical treatment only compounds these health issues. Since its founding in 2008, ImaBridge Africa has led teams of volunteers to Nigeria in order the help the situation.
In 2014, we had a vision of establishing a clinic when a 40 ft. container, filled with medical equipment, furniture and supplies, was shipped to Nigeria. St. Thomas Catholic Church in Owot Uta Ibesikpo, AKS donated a vacant, dilapidated building for our clinic. ImaBridge with the help of the Friends of ImaBridge here in the U.S., many church and community volunteers in Owot Uta and a financial contribution from The Rotary Club of Uyo, completely refurbished and furnished the clinic. ImaBridge's Nigerian Board interviewed and hired the clinic staff; which includes a physician, registered nurses, auxiliary nurses, laboratory staff, a community health worker and security. On November 3, 2014, ImaBridge's vision became reality when the ImaBridge Community Health Care Centre opened its doors and saw its first patients.
The ImaBridge Community Health Care Centre provides primary care services for the people of Owot Uta and surrounding villages. The clinic is open 24 hours a day and patients can be admitted forinpatient services and monitoring. The number of patients, both outpatient and inpatient, has increased month over month and continues to increase. For the clinic to continue to grow and in order for it to be self sustained an expansion is necessary. It is our goal to add a laboratory, ultrasound services, a pharmacy, a male and female ward and operating theatre.
Health & Wellness continues to be one of our areas of focus. Our health care efforts to date have made a significant impact on the people of Akwa Ibom State…but there is so much more to accomplish!
Refurbishment of 40 ft. Container
The 40 ft. container that was used in 2014 to transport medical equipment, furniture and supplies to Nigeria is in the process of being refurbished into a Pharmacy, Medical Lab and Office for an extension of services at the ImaBridge Community Health Care Centre in Owot Uta.