Three female N-Power volunteers under the N-Health programme have established a mini laboratory on the Primary Health Centre, Otokutu, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta state.
The names of the volunteers are Harriet Azurundu (2001, Bsc Microbiology – Imo State University – and 2008 MLSc –UPTH); Mary James (2011 Microbiology graduate of Unijos) and Jennifer Angese (2013 Pharmacology graduate of Delta State University).
The three N-Power volunteers contributed some money to buy the equipment and establish the laboratory in April, just four months in their deployment to the PHC to provide clinical outreach to the rural community.
Relating their experiences when the Monitoring and Evaluation team of N-Power visited the centre, James stated that they felt concerned for the community which had the centre for long however travelled a long way before they can get access to medical facilities.
She also stated that instead of searching for deployment they made contributions from their token to purchase the equipment needed at the PHC so as to make significant impact within the community.
In line with her, the equipment consist of both manual and electrical types, are cost about N100,000 but that a number of tests are delayed at the PHC epileptic power and lack of alternative power source to use.
In addition, she mentioned that her colleagues have been teaching in private schools and receiving meagre amount prior to the N-power job, but also noted that the scheme had offered them the chance to put their profession into practice and gain experience.
James stated that the community become enthusiastic about the development but had not made more input due to poverty, “however we are hoping someone, at some point will try this for the sake of the rural people’’.
James also stated that due to epileptic power the lab usually concluded the sample tests, and issued the results the same day of collection.
Also, she stated that some patients have been referred to bigger facilities if they had to wait for the results for more than a day, “but we work for as long as possible to make patients’ results get ready’’.
Another volunteer, Azurundu, added that since because the provision of the laboratory no fewer than 70 patients which include pregnant women, the elderly and youngsters had their blood, urine and different samples examined for proper prognosis and treatment.
“We assumed N-Power job in February and when we discovered there was no laboratory section right here we decided to set up one to assist in appropriate diagnosis and treatment of patients.
“The lab has been of tremendous help; it has stepped forward the services of the medical experts inside the health centre.
“Since we started lab test we’ve had nearly seventy patients benefiting but we’ve attended to others without putting them in our records,’’ Azurundu stated.
She also said that aside from the assistance people needed it had been her dream to be able to touch lives in one way or the other and “N-Power has given me that room and opportunity to touch lives’’.
Angese also noted that the patients have been tested free often or charged at most 50% of the cost of the examination to encourage others to get access to adequate medicare due to poverty.
The three volunteers thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for instigating the N-Power programme as it had touched so many lives.
They also acknowledged that from the stipends they have been able to assist in family upkeep and help their siblings in their education.
The trio stated that they hope the federal government will not to terminate the programme after two years, however strengthen it because “we will now not like to go back after two years doing nothing.
“We hope it’ll coin a better way.’’
NAN additionally reports that the laboratory is equipped with piercing needles, syringes, glucometer, oil immersion, feed stains, diverse reagents, microscope, cotton swaps, reflect, plastercine, capillary tubes.
Others are methylated spirit, wither kits, blood-count equipment, counting chamber, HIV reagents, puppets, EDTA collection bottles, improvised slide racks, hand gloves, an electric powered-centrifuge in addition a hand-powered centrifuge.
Mary James husband, Mr John James, who visited the PHC at the time of monitoring, thanked the federal government for its transparency in the recruitment of the volunteers.
John, a veterinary graduate-became logistics expert, who lost his job in December, 2016 due to the death of his employer, stated that the spouse have been sustaining the whole family from her stipend.
“N-Power is another door that has opened for our family and I encourage the volunteers not to focus attention on the stipend however make sure that they turn out to be true professionals during the two-year programme.
“I thank God Almighty and also President Muhammadu Buhari, and pray that God offers him sound health and his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for this programme,’’ he stated.
The presidential aide on Job Creation, Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, expressed gratitude to the volunteers for their conscientious attempt to live out the dream of the programme by impacting on the society.
He advised them to continue in their stride as through their conduct they had opened new vistas of their lives. Mr Imoukhuede also expressed delight with the overall performance of the volunteers in Nana Model Secondary And Primary Schools, Warri, and staffs at the Central Hospital Warri.
However, he instructed the Medical Director of the Warri Hospital to cancel the one-day off granted to the volunteers weekly because the programme turned into a full time volunteer scheme without shifts, night or weekend duty.
During Imoukhede’s visit at a private investor integrated fish farm in Warri, he thanked the owner for making the big facility available for the N-Agro volunteers to acquire more practical understanding on fisheries.
One of the N-Agro volunteers, Mrs Ese Adiomamore, told NAN that the scheme become a positive way of achieving the self-sufficiency in food production and economic diversification programme of the existing administration.
The N-power volunteers are really benefitting from the program since it was initiated by the federal government.