Building upon the collaborative spirit evident in previous initiatives, the Rotary Club of Portharcourt Airfield in Rivers State partnered with EnvironFocus to spearhead the Safe Drinking Water Project in their local hospital. This joint effort, supported by key collaborators including the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, It Begins With U (IBWU), Rotary Club of Brampton, and the BHAFIT Initiative, aims to enhance access to clean water within the community, addressing a critical requirement for public health.
This united endeavour aims to deliver and install a Membrane Ultrafilter at the Primary Healthcare Center in Eneka, Rivers State. Eneka Model Primary Health Center, situated at Obio/Akpor 14, Obio/Akpor Local Government, Rivers State, is pivotal in providing essential medical services to the community. Established on December 2, 2010, this public hospital operates 24/7, providing crucial medical services to the community. The health center offers a range of services including Antenatal Care (ANC), Immunization, HIV/AIDS Services, Tuberculosis, Family Planning, Nutrition, Health Education, and Community Mobilization. Equipped with an onsite laboratory and pharmacy, the health center is a vital healthcare hub for the community.
Covering 260 km2, with a population of 464,789 as per the 2006 Census, Obio-Akpor local government area is a significant economic hub driven by oil and gas, agriculture, and fisheries. With its headquarters at Rumuodomaya, it is home to major oil and gas companies such as Shell, Chevron, and ExxonMobil. The region also boasts various agricultural enterprises, including palm oil plantations, rubber plantations, and cassava farms. Being a major fishing center, Obio-Akpor hosts several fish markets.
Amid this economic activity, the local populace is keenly impacted by drinking water availability and quality. According to a study done by ASJ International Journal of Advances in Scientific Research and Reviews, high concentrations of Total Suspended Solids have been recorded at Choba and Rumuola sample stations and Oil and grease were also found to be higher in content, higher than WHO and NESREA standards.
Responding to the dire need for clean and accessible water in the region, and as part of this initiative, the Rotary Club has installed the LifeStraw Max Membrane Ultrafilter in the waiting room area of the Eneka Model Primary Health Center. The ultrafilter installed is projected to provide daily access to safe drinking water for up to 400 patients and staff. This initiative marks a significant stride towards ensuring the community’s healthier and more sustainable future.
Beyond the immediate impact on the Primary Healthcare Center, this project holds immense significance for the local populace. Access to clean water is a basic necessity and a foundational element for community health and prosperity. The collaborative efforts of the Rotary Club of Portharcourt Airfield, EnvironFocus, and other vital partners exemplify the transformative power of collective action.
As the Safe Drinking Water Project unfolds, it stands as a testament to the potential of collaborative projects to uplift and empower communities. This united endeavour addresses the immediate need for clean water. It lays the groundwork for sustainable community development, showcasing how collective efforts can create positive, lasting change and improve the lives of individuals and communities alike.
Eneka Model Primary Health Center Obio/Akpor 14, Obio/Akpor. Retrieved Jan 3, 3024 from https://thehospitalbook.com/eneka-model-primary-health-center/
OBIO-AKPOR. Retrieved Jan 3, 3024 from https://www.propertypro.ng/guide/axes/obio-akpor-rivers/
Physico- Chemical and Microbial Analysis of Selected Borehole Water in Obio/Akpor Local Government Rivers State, Nigeria. Retrieved Jan 3, 3024 from https://www.academiascholarlyjournal.org/ijasrr/publications/jul19/Elenwo_et_al.pdf
Safe Drinking Water Project. Retrieved January, 2, 2024 from www.environfocus.com/waterproject.
Transforming Nigeria’s Health Landscape: The Safe Drinking Water Project in the Niger Delta. Retrieved January, 2, 2024 from https://environbuzz.com/transforming-nigerias-health-landscape-the-safe-drinking-water-project-in-the-niger-delta/
Safe Drinking Water Project (SDWP) – Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Retrieved January, 2, 2024 from https://environbuzz.com/safe-drinking-water-project-sdwp-grant-awarded/
IBWU and EnvironFocus Join Forces: Safe Drinking Water Project in the Niger Delta. Retrieved January, 2, 2024 from https://environbuzz.com/ibwu-and-environfocus-join-forces-safe-drinking-water-project-in-the-niger-delta/
- Empowering Lives: Rotary Club of Arochukwu Kingdom’s Safe Drinking Water Project in Abia State - February 2, 2024
- Empowering Lives: Rotary Club of Owerri Newton’s Safe Drinking Water Project in Imo State - February 2, 2024
- Empowering Lives: Rotary Club of Akure Royals’s Safe Drinking Water Project in Ondo State - January 19, 2024