Ogun State:YCP sensitizes 12 communities on Clinic at Your Door Step initiatives

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….Introduces Drug Revolving Fund for less privileged

The Youth Care Project, (YCP), an initiative aimed at taking health care delivery to communities in the country has organised a sensitization workshop for community leaders in 12 communities development councils in Ogun State to prepare them for next stage of Clinic At Your Door Step project.

The workshop, which featured talk shops and presentations by community health experts held Wednesday February 24 at its Gbagada,Lagos office.

Community leaders at the workshop

Mr. Aigbe be addressing the participants

According to Adenike Okunrinmeta, the Executive Director of YCP, the sensitization is to prepare leaders of 12 communities in Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area to enlighten the communities most of, which has no access to adequate health care with a view to mobilizing personnel and resources for effective healthcare delivery in their communities.

She also spoke of efforts to give proper community communication to communities in order to bring them close to their health needs and solutions.

Finance Director of the NGO, Felix Aigbe, added that the workshop is to provide opportunity for assessment of health situations such that recurring death of children, parents in communities could be stemmed.

Besides, a Drug Revolving Fund (DRF), which is a system of cost recovery in which funds realised from sale of quality drugs is plough back to replenish drugs given out to patients so it could go round communities that has no asses to health care especially with the collapse of primary health care initiatives was introduced to participants.

The fund is also being organised to complement the free treatment given to communities under the project so that citizens could have assess to good drugs on a continuous basis.

The non-governmental organisation is also carrying out an overview of the previous projects it has handle in several communities since it’s establishment nine years ago.

Addressing the participants made up of community development areas leaders, Professor Oluwakemi Odukoya of the department of community health of the University of Lagos and Teaching hospital, identified core areas like shared values,community mobilisation, accountability, transparency and shared responsibility as core areas for success in achieving sustainable health in our communities adding,”sustainable health for all must involve community participation.”

According to her, a successful campaign to improve community health must be rooted in investigating and identifying share values and various needs of communities for any realistic and effective health development programme or projects for them.

In his contribution, an educator and Araromi Oke-Odo,area community development chairman, Dr. Ayodele Falas, spoke of the need for community leaders to have a self conviction of their programmes with a view to carry out their subjects and achieve maximum results on projects execution adding”you must carry out thorough study of what project will work in your areas and pursue it with focus and vigour for desired result. “

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