I wish to inform you that the funds (N110,000) have been disbursed to the four health centres in Onu-ibina, Umusi, Okafia and Amiyi Igbere.
The exercise was carried out on Thursday July 23, 2009 in the following order.
- Onu-Ibina, which receives N30,000 monthly, was given N60,000 to cover the period of
June and July.
- Umusi (N10,000 monthly) received N10,000 for the month July.
- Okafia (N10,000 monthly) was given N20,000 for June and July.
- Amiyi (N10,000 monthly) also got N20,000 to cover the months of June and July.
By this development, the four health centres have all received subventions from IPAI up to the month of July.
Their records showed that between May 27 when the previous funds was given to them, and July 23, the day the last monies were received, the following number of cases had been handled using the drugs provided by IPAI:
- Onu-Ibina = 265 cases
- Umusi = 139 cases
- Okafia = 132 cases
- Amiyi = 66 cases
Generally speaking , the operators of the health centres are very happy with the efforts of IPAI and are full of praise for the intervention which has helped them to achieve an improved quality of service delivery to the people in need of health care.
Health centres like Amiyi and Okafia would however wish that the money given be increased but my response has always been that IPAI”s intervention should be seen as a help since the primary responsibility of providing for them lies with the government.
Interaction with some of the patients also showed that they were indeed happy with the improved services of the health centres.
They say the out-of-stock syndrome which prevailed in the past, has been banished and that they are happy with their children in the U.S whose efforts brought about the change.
On a personal note, I think your goals are noble, and that IPAI’s efforts are being appreciated by the people.
Your sacrifice is certainly not in vain.
I wish you a successful Ezumezu in America.
Report By: Chinedu Obike