By G9ija

The building and the services it renders are in sharp contrast – The roof of the building is partially ruined, with the walls and the ground floor partly plastered; yet to residents of Low-Cost Housing Estate, Abesan, Ipaja, it is their lifesaver.

Akinyele Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC), Abesan, besides being an uncompleted building, lacks the basic facilities of a healthcare centre.

Interestingly, the construction of the PHC started in 2013, and it is yet to be completed seven years after. The process for the construction started with an invitation to tender, advertised on May 20, 2013.

The tender said: “Interested companies should make a submission in two copies clearly marked ‘Tender’ with evidence of payment of N25,000 non-refundable as the processing fee all forwarded to the address below not later than 3rd June 2013.”

The would-be contractors were also admonished to note that: “Bill of quantities and specifications in respect of the above-listed projects are available for inspection and collection at the council engineer’s office, Mosan Okunola LCDA, Akinogun, Ipaja, Lagos. Prospective tenders are advised to inspect the project before submitting their tender and to indicate the period within which the work would be completed.”

When reporters visited the PHC, patients were not available, and health workers were not on duty. Nonetheless, pregnant women and residents keep dates with health workers at the facility every week.

The structure is gradually caving in, as some of the fittings, roofing sheets, and blocks were already broken. On the topmost floor, the roofing sheet and ceiling were partially damaged, including the supporting wood. It is the same with some of the window blinds. 

Also, the borehole at the centre was not dispensing water, as it was already damaged. The tap was also broken. The tank meant to serve as a reservoir for water from the borehole is, however, still standing.

If a pregnant woman comes for antenatal at the PHC and needed to use the toilet, she would either go back home or be forced to use a pit latrine outside the PHC. Ironically, the pit latrine, with a wooden house, is rundown, with the woods covering the toilet falling off.