In a collaborative effort, the Rotary Club of Uyo Urban partnered with EnvironFocus to initiate the Safe Drinking Water Project to address a fundamental need in the Akwa Ibom State in the Niger Delta. This concerted effort aims to provide drinking water access to communities in Akwa Ibom. The initiative involves key collaborators like the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, It Begins With U (IBWU), Rotary Club of Brampton and the BHAFIT Initiative.
On the 27th of December 2023, the Rotary Club of Uyo Urban concluded installing and handing a LifeStraw Max Membrane Ultrafilter under the Safe Drinking Water Project to the Idoro Obio Health Centre. This primary health care facility, with a facility code of 03/31/1/1/1/0054, registered as a primary health center, operates as an essential point of contact for patients at the community or ward level.
The Idoro Obio Health Centre
The services offered by the Idoro Obio Health Centre encompass Special Clinical Services, including Antenatal Care (ANC), Immunization, Family Planning, Nutrition, and Medical Services addressing infectious diseases. From 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, this PHC is a lifeline for the community, staffed primarily by nurses, community health workers, and occasionally, a general medicine doctor.
About the Community
Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state, is a vital trade center, a collecting station for palm oil and kernels, and a local trade hub for agricultural products like yams, cassava, and palm produce. Housing a brewery, textile mill, and the University of Uyo since 1991, this town with an estimated population of 440,000 (2016 est.) forms a critical part of the southeastern Nigerian landscape.
Despite urban development, a study reveals a stark reality in Akwa Ibom State: over 90% of the population lacks access to public water services. Current government efforts predominantly focus on urban areas, with only a meagre 3.8% of the urban population accessing Uyo. Conversely, 90% of rural water projects in the state are either neglected, abandoned, non-functional, or incomplete. In rural areas, dependence on natural water sources such as streams, rivers, rain, and wells is high, even though these sources are susceptible to pollution, posing a severe threat to public health.
Responding to the urgent need for clean and accessible water within the region, the LifeStraw Max Membrane Ultrafilter, chosen for its cutting-edge technology and proven efficacy, has been installed in the waiting room area of the Idoro Obio Health Centre. This initiative is projected to provide up to 400 patients and staff daily access to safe drinking water, representing a significant stride towards ensuring a healthier and more sustainable future for the community.
The impact of this project goes beyond immediate health improvements; it stands as a testament to the power of community collaboration and the ability to create positive, lasting change. The joy experienced by the Health Care Centre staff and patients is immeasurable, as they no longer have to bear the burden of purchasing drinking water.
Rotary Club of Uyo Urban Setting the Stage for the Project
Preceding this effort, in July 2023, the Rotary Club of Uyo Urban provided the primary health center with a borehole and water tanks, further enhancing its water infrastructure. The membrane ultrafilter provided under the Safe Drinking Water Project is a crucial complement to the broader work done by the Rotary Club in their community. These initiatives transform lives and foster a healthier, more resilient Akwa Ibom community.
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