The Aduwan Gida Rural Clinic, located in Aduwan Gida, Zango-Kataf, Kaduna State, Nigeria, directly serves a local population of 3,000, and is the main medical center in an area that is home to 20,000 people, approximately 2,000 of whom are children age five and under.
The Aduwan Gida Rural Clinic, located in Aduwan Gida, Zango-Kataf, Kaduna State, Nigeria, directly serves a local population of 3,000, and is the main medical center in an area that is home to 20,000 people, approximately 2,000 of whom are children age five and under. The clinic provides a wide range of treatments and services. Since its establishment in 1986 the Aduwan Gida Rural Clinic had not received any funding to maintain or improve its building.
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The clinic was in a general state of disrepair that impaired the staff’s ability to provide the level of health care every community deserves.
A leaky roof and ceiling made the clinic uncomfortable and unsanitary, encouraging mold growth and causing significant water damage every rainy season. It was an eyesore also at risk of collapse. After it was removed it was revealed that the problem was worse than realized. The foul debris underneath it was largely made up of bat dung.
Broken masonry made the building even more unsafe for patients and staff.
Inspection of the building prior to the commencement of the renovation project found significant erosion around the building, with serious damage of the foundation. As well as the planned replacement of the roof and masonry repair to improve the safety and operational integrity of the clinic, the work crew cooperated with community leaders to deal with the drainage issues causing erosion that threatened the integrity of the building. New drainage systems were installed at the main road and around the clinic.
The Aduwan Gida Clinic lacked a septic tank system and was forced to rely on an unsanitary pit latrine. Due to the typical conditions of pit latrines, most men refuse to use them, while women have no choice but to use the open pits full of human waste when no more sanitary option is available.
The local school is also in desperate need of repair and the Kunak Foundation intends to seek funds for its renovation.
As the main medical center for a large geographical area, the Aduwan Gida Rural Clinic provides a range of care, treating minor injuries and illnesses, serving members of all tribes and religions in the area. As it is the closest facility for prenatal, labor and delivery, child welfare and family planning care, the majority of patients are women and children. While the clinic was providing the best care possible, the building’s condition required significant improvement to improve the quality of care.
Anjeed Kafanchan Solar Site Manager and Aduwan Gida Renovation Project Manager Emmanual Waje, whose family has experienced firsthand the painful consequences of inadequate local healthcare, is gratified to be part of a project that will improve the lives of community members, particularly the women and children who are the primary patients of the clinic.
It is wonderful to watch a community work together to meet needs when provided the necessary resources. When the Kunak Foundation procured the funds and provided the necessary material and expertise, the people got to work. It was the people’s desire for improved health care that motivated them to volunteer and work tirelessly six-days-a-week alongside Kunak Foundation workers; rain, hail or shine.
One day of work on installation of the new drainage system was done largely by women, some with their children, who were enjoying the opportunity to help realize the goal of restoring and ensuring integrity, and improving conditions, of the clinic that serves them.
Kunak Foundation and Anjeed Innova Group officials were humbled by community members’ dedication and diligence demonstrated by the number of volunteers who helped in every area from the day work began. On the final day of work, volunteers have come from as far away as Zikpak and Zonkwa.
A Special Thank You to the German Embassy
The Kunak Foundation has provided regular support to the Aduwan Gida Rural Clinic but funding renovation has been beyond their means so they sought funding. Help came in the form of an $8000 grant from the German Embassy under its Small Scale Project Fund for community development projects.
We would like to particularly thank Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany at Nigeria, Dorothee Janetzke-Wenzel and Project Coordinator Anne-Kathrin for making this project a reality.