By Sodiq Lawal
Director of Nursing Services, and Rural Health/Satellite Clinic, of Ile Ife Seventh Day Hospital, Dr Samson Popoola has decried poor rural health facilities in the country.
In an exclusive interview with Ife City News on Wednesday, Popoola described facilities in most rural health sectors as obsolete which is frustrating medical professional efforts to deliver effective health services.
“We cannot get a vehicle we use to get to some villages that needs health services because there is no fund from the government, no salary except from what we generate from the patients ”
” I remember that during the time of Professor Ransom Kuti, there was primarily health care initiated by the World Health Organization which made life more better for rural dwellers, but now, our government are no more doing much to rural health sectors ”
According to him, community health workers are not encouraged to work in rural areas as a result of moribund facilities, a development that is forcing rural dwellers to be at the mercy of the quacks who endangers their lives .
“People are migrating from the rural area to the city because there is no much being done by the government. These rural people are the one getting food for the urban centres, but when there is no good rural health services, there is no way the farmers will work sufficiently”
He however urged the government to embark on massive rural health infrastructural development.