Poor Health System Drives Child Death, Maternal Mortality In Plateau Village

Public health in Wadata Kasuwa village, Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State is under threat as children and pregnant women often die, Tracka, a public project monitoring platform is reporting.

Amid government negligence, the community decided to erect a substandard health center where childbirth and other treatments are given on the mat. 

“Our people are dying because there is no health center,” a resident simply identified as Dauda told the Tracka team during their visit to the village. “Many pregnant women have either died or lost their children because they deliver at home.” 

“We contributed small money to build this place, we called the government to come and help us but they have given us nothing,” he added. 

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However, the mud-made facility, WikkiTimes learnt, has only one staff member who has no access to modern medical equipment.

Tracka claimed that Saleh Shehu Yipmong, the incumbent Deputy Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly, hailed from the village. 

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When contacted, Yipmong said he was not from the local government, let alone the village.

“Wadata is in Wase local government and I represent Dengi state constituency of Kanam local government,” Yipmong told WikkiTimes. He said he may not be answerable because Wadta Kasuwa village “falls under Wase local government and a different constituency.”

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Livinus Miankwap, the Executive Secretary of Plateau State Primary Healthcare Board, declined comments. “The LGA chairman can respond better,” he wrote while responding to WikkiTimes’ detailed inquiry. 

Ado Buba, the chairman, Wase LGA neither responded to calls nor a text sent to him.

Meanwhile, Tracka enjoined the Plateau State government and National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHDA) to heed the appeals of the community and provide them with a standard healthcare facility.


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