By Haruna Gimba
The Village Head of Kangimi-Ubangida in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Malam Abdullahi Ubangida, has converted his palace into a clinic to reduce maternal mortality in the community.
The traditional ruler told newsmen in Kangimi-Ubangida village on Monday that the gesture was to improve access to health services for women and children, who had to travel 20 kilometers to Kawo General Hospital, the nearest health facility.
He said pregnant women trek 20 to 25 kilometers to access the nearest hospital in Kawo for antenatal care and other services. Investigation also reveals that some of the women preferred going to Mararaba Jos to access healthcare.
“This challenge of health facility has made us to lose women during childbirth. It is in view of the challenge that I decided to meet with some health workers in town, pleaded with them to be coming to my community to help my people with drugs and other medical advice and donated my palace for them to render the services.
“I do travel on Mondays to town to bring drugs which I keep in my palace before the health workers visit on Tuesday morning. We lack storage facility to keep some of the drugs due to lack of electricity in the community,” he said.
He called on the state government to assist the community with a health center for easy access to health facility to save lives of the residents. The village has been in existence for about 180 to 200 years and according to local statistic the population of the residents is over 40, 000.
He said: “Residents in the community are predominantly Hausa and Fulani by tribe and they have been living in peace and harmony for decades. Majority of them are farmers, cattle rearers and petty traders, while most of the women remain as house wives due to lack of skilled acquisition centres to empower them.”