Dr. Elkanah John Garang, a Nigerian Medical Doctor has donated hospital equipment to a rural healthcare center, which was constructed by Government years ago.
Dr Elkanah, touched by the plight of of rural dwellers, especially expectant mothers who literally walk on barefoot for miles through unsafe routes of his native Ambul village in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, Central Nigeria to access healthcare despite insecurity challenges.
During an interview, the 35 year old Nigerian Trained Medical Doctor, moved by emotions considering the sufferings of many, stated that “It breaks my heart that healthcare systems in my country are in a deplorable state, despite abundant natural resources,”
Dr Elkanah is one of the many doctors who were trained in the Nigerian public health system. He expressed sadness while recounting the “scary realities” of the Nigerian healthcare system. Rather than continue in lamentation, Dr Elkanah chose to see opportunity for intervention, an avenue to touch lives for the better.
Dr Elkanah has been sending cash support to numerous poor individuals for healthcare and family welfare.
Within days of receiving complains about poor equipment in Comprehensive Primary Health Care Centre, Tafaya-Ambul, 40miles west of Bokkos Local Government headquarters, Dr Elkanah sponsored the purchase of delivery beds, privacy screens, drip stands, stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers, aprons and other equipment, and shipped them to local authorities.
Just few week prior to this landmark intervention, the activist sponsored the resuscitation of 18 handpump and motorized boreholes, as well as the drilling of several hand-fetched water wells in different rural locations across Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State.
According to Mr Muchen “Government is overstretched and might not be able to identify and/or solve some of these problems but they remain our responsibility. We are therefore grateful for this show of kindness, a big relief to Government than the people benefitting from it,”
Primary Healthcare centers in rural, remote communities in Nigeria have been reported to be in dire need of interventions ranging from manpower, medical supplies and equipment.
While taking delivery of the equipment sent by Dr Elkanah,the Executive Chairman of Bokkos Local Government Council, Mr. Yusuf Machen thanked Dr Elkanah for coming to the aide of rural dwellers, described the intervention as life saving.