In a bid to provide succour to the health needs of the people of Magboro community in Ogun State, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has delivered a Primary Health Centre to the community.
The PHC, which is the first in Magboro community, was inaugurated by the wife of the General Overseer of RCCG, Mrs. Folu Adeboye, who said the facility would serve the people’s demand for better healthcare and will be funded by RCCG as part of it corporate social responsibility.
Mrs. Adeboye noted that the health centre was not only built for Christians in the community but for everybody regardless of differences in religious and cultural background.
She urged the residents to have an attitude of gratitude, saying it was also important they protected the facility.
“We must not allow religious discrimination. Let us not say the hospital was built by Christians and then we stay away from it. Let us realise that whatever God does, it is for everybody. Whether you are a Christian or a Muslim, let us live together in peace. Let us provide adequate security for the facility and protect it from vandalism,” she added.
The facility, named Stillwaters Hospital, is equipped with an X-ray centre, a laboratory, a borehole and full staff of doctors and nurses.
Speaking during the inauguration, the Assistant Pastor in charge of Province 2, heading the corporate social responsibility department, Pastor Tope Abe, revealed that apart from the fact that health facilities were needed in every community, early last year when the church visited the community for medical outreach, the crowd helped the church to spot the demand of the community.
“We as a church have the mandate to go around the world and be a blessing to communities we find ourselves and that is what we have done here. Early last year, we were in this community for a medical outreach and we saw the crowd and we knew their demand. Thank God today we are inaugurating a PHC,” he said.
Pastor in charge of Lagos Province 2, Yemi Lebi, while addressing the press, explained that RCCG did not build the health centre to generate income, rather to give employment opportunities and serve the healthcare needs of the community through subsidised payments.
Lebi pointed out that the health centre was just one of the projects the church was looking into, but there were other projects to be unveiled as time unfolds.
“We are not limited to this community alone, we have done quite a lot of projects in several communities but this happens to be the one we are inaugurating today. And as I speak, we are working on more projects.
“Just that we looked at this community and we saw that their need is to have a PHC. And that is why we have provided this. In some other places we provide other things so that the people can enjoy the blessings of God.”
He explained that the land for the project was donated to the community by a former Governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, saying the community was unable to equip the proposed health centre until the church stepped in after an evangelistic outreach.
Lebi said the RCCG upgraded the health centre to a hospital with tentative staff strength of two doctors, a matron and several nurses, among others. “Patients will pay only a token to access healthcare at Stillwaters,” he said.
The community development committee Chairman, Ayodeji Kuku, after thanking the church, asked Adeboye’s wife to assist in the provision of a modern police station, 10 transformers, eight classrooms, a security patrol van and 10 tricycles. The Baale of the community, Alhaji Modiu Alalade, appealed to other religious and non-governmental organisations to help the community.