By Emmanuel Oloniruha
Kushibuyi (FCT) – The Women of Purpose Development Foundation has called on the government and all stakeholders to provide adequate healthcare facilities for children in rural neighbourhoods across the country.
Mrs Mabel Onwuemele, the President of the Foundation, made the call on Tuesday during a medical outreach organised for children in Kushibuyi community in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
She underscored the need for all stakeholders to complement the government’s efforts to ensure the healthy living of all citizens, particularly the youth and children in rural communities who were the most vulnerable members of the society.
She said that sustained efforts should be particularly geared toward fighting child killer diseases and other illnesses which could affect the physical and cognitive development of the Nigerian child.
“This is because any investment in healthcare of the Nigerian child is not a wasted venture; such investments will definitely yield bountiful harvests in the overall wellbeing of our nation,’’ she said.
Onwuemele said that the country’s efforts to achieve Goal Three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which was aimed at ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages, would be a mirage if pragmatic health care delivery programmes were not put in place for the younger citizens.
She pledged that her organisation would always strive to promote the wellbeing of women and children through designed advocacies, medical outreaches, education and empowerment programmes so as to engender their transformation and fulfilment.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that scores of children were dewormed, while Vitamin A administered on them during the medical outreach.