New students, joined by some faculty and staff, set out to paint the Yolde Pate Community Health Clinic in a community service initiative in late August.
Led by Community Service Director Mohamadou Dabo, the group took a bumpy ride over the unpaved road and was confronted with far bigger challenges than mere cosmetic problems.
The Clinic’s headaches ranged from poorly maintained equipment to the cracked walls of the labor room, broken floors, and open roofs. The team then decided to expand their intervention by taking up all of the maladies of the Clinic.
“We came to paint the building put up in 1981, but had to expand our plan when we discovered there were far bigger problems. Among other things, the doors and windows of the maternity room are all bad. So we will fix the building, including the flooring and the ceiling," said Director Dabo. Head of the Clinic, Hadiza Suleiman, praised AUN for its generous support.
On September 6, when another batch of community service volunteers launched the second phase of the rehabilitation, the Yolde Pate District Head, Mallam Ardo Jingi, praised AUN for its remedial efforts.
Wishing AUN well, Mallam Jingi told the director of Community Service that the district greatly appreciates the development work of the University in healthcare, literacy and hygiene.
Upon learning that the labor room sometimes accommodates two during delivery, a new student, Umar Farouk, was deeply touched. He observed that, “They badly need adequate facilities and power supply to ensure 24-hour service." Another student, Hasiya A. Gangwaso, said that she appreciated the outing as it had helped her identify the challenges of the locality.
Abo Atabo, another active participant in the makeover, said, "This is the second time I'll be coming here. We first painted the inside; now we are painting the outside after sweeping the place and taking out the cobwebs...it's very interesting." Chikaodili Chukwuneke said, "If the society does not give you the serene environment you need to study, you won't be able to, so this was an opportunity to give back, by helping those who are not as privileged."
Dabo assured the clinic director and local officials that they would not be forgotten, and that the rehabilitation will be completed.