Mkpoikana Udoma 16 July 2014, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, says it has started another round of its ‘Free Health Care Medical Programme’ which covers different communities in the Niger Delta region, as part of its commitment to enhance better healthcare delivery to the people of the region.
In a statement issued in Port Harcourt by the Head of Corporate Affairs of the Commission, Mr. Ibitoye Abosede says the free medical programme for this year was flagged off simultaneously in Abia and Akwa Ibom states.
The statement says the Managing Director of NDDC, Sir Barr. Bassey Dan-Abia, at the kick off of the free healthcare programme, at the Ekpene Obo Cottage Hospital in Esit Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, said that the programme was meant to bring healthcare to the door-steps of rural dwellers and communities in the Niger Delta region.
According to the statement, “The NDDC Chief Executive Officer, who was represented by Engr. Etim Inyang Jnr, the Akwa Ibom State representative on the Governing Board of the commission, said that no less than 900,000 people have benefited from the free medical services for various health issues since the programme started 14 years ago. He stated that the commission was determined to make a difference in the health sector through the engagement of relevant partners such as Global Hand Medicare Foundation, Goldspin Healthcare, Total Health-Minders Foundation and others”.
The statement says “It is our belief that after this programme, the people of the Niger Delta will say farewell to all the endemic health problems that have long plagued them. It is expedient to mention here that the health partners are expected to hand over substantial quantities of drugs to the hospital management for the treatment of those who had some major operations.”
The statement also added that the NDDC Acting Director of Education, Health and Social Services, Dr. Solomon Ita, said that the goal of the Commission was to provide medical services to the people of the Niger Delta region, as part of its mandate, noting that the commission had always placed a high premium on healthcare delivery, adding that it had extended health facilities and services to many communities across the region.