Degema Local Government Area is one of the 23 Local Government Areas in Rivers State. It’s one of the oldest local governments in Rivers state, having about seven (7) other local government areas created out of it. Such local government areas include Okrika, Bonny, Akuku- Toru, Abio/Akpor, Ahoda East, Ahoda West and Asari-Toru. The LGA is in the South East Senatorial District with Headquarters in Ahoada.
There are 17 political wards and 110 settlements with nine Primary Health facilities (three are MPHCs, four are PHCs and two are HPs). It has one general hospital. 13 out of the 17 political wards are riverine while 4 are upland. These wards are: 11, 12, 13, and 14. Headquarter is Degema town.
There are 59 Public and Private registered Schools. Others are a Divisional Police Station and a Federal Prisons in Degema.
There are 177 Churches, One Mosque, 62 Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Six Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Fishing, civil service, business and farming is their occupation. Ijaw by tribe; large area of the LGA is connected to the national grid.
The health status of citizens of Degema LGA is in a deplorable condition. The disease burden in the LGA is mostly due to preventable diseases such as malaria, upper respiratory tract infection, diarrhoea etc. These account for high morbidity and premature deaths in the LGA. They have adverse effects on agricultural productivity as well as school absenteeism and man-hour loss at work places.
Poverty is a major cause of the high disease burden in the LGA. Other contributory factors include the environmental degradation occasioned by the exploration of oil and gas, improper disposal of effluents and gas flaring.
MoH, Degema LGA
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A health system with a strong PHC as its core delivers better health outcomes, efficiency and improved quality of care compared to other models.