Eleme is one of the twenty three (23) Local Government Areas in Rivers State, with its administrative headquarters at Ogale in ward 3. Created by late Head of State Gen. Sani Abacha from Tai- Eleme LGA in 1996. It is bounded by Tai LGA in the East, Obio Akpor LGA in the West, Oyibo LGA in the North and Okirika/Ogu-bolo LGA in the South. Eleme LGA is made up of ten major clans (ten political wards) of one hundred and ninety nine communities (settlements). They share cultural relationships and intermarry with their Ogoni brothers and sisters.
The LGA has a total population of 257,904 using Rivers State official population growth rate of 3.4% for campaign with under 1 year target population of 9977,OPV target population of 49885,VIT A target 44896 and Pregnant Women 12471.There are two refineries in Eleme LGA, Eleme Petrochemical Complex, Nigeria Ports Authority, Naval College etc .The LGA is connected to the Power Grid, with no pipe-borne water.(Portable Water) Is a semi – Urban Settlement.
Their major occupation is farming and trading. The LGA has a total of 445 Churches and 155 Schools and 6 Mosques. There are ten political wards,7 health facilities,4 health posts and a general hospital situated at ward 3.There are some hard to reach areas such as panya, Agbeta 11 kenkoro, Eyaa 1 and Eyaa 11 etc. The youth from ages 18-40 form the highest number in the population, followed by children from 0-18.There educational status is above average. There are more females than males in the entire LGA.
High blood pressure and diabetes are most commonly seen in the middle age group and the elderly .While malaria and upper respiratory tract infections are seen commonly in infants and children. With good health seeking behaviour and regular blood pressure checks, high blood pressure can be controlled and diabetes minimize. The use of RDT Kits and prompt treatment of malaria is key to addressing malaria attacks.
Dr. Lawson Jack
MoH, Eleme LGA
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