03 January 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP, has re-assured on its capacity to handle the much-expected cleanup of Ogoniland
“HYPREP has the capacity to implement the project and the Federal Government is truly committed to the cleanup,” the Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Dr. Marvin Dekil, said as the agency began the implementation of the preliminary stage of the Health Impact Assessment in the area ahead of the commencement of the actual cleanup.
Dekil said the Health Impact Assessment project which has commenced in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, is in partnership with Medical Women’s Association of Nigerian, MWAN.
The project coordinator disclosed that the health outreach was in line with the recommendations of the United Nations in its report on Ogoni.
He explained that the preliminary phase was carried out with the use of local manpower, adding that the full implementation, which he said, would commence soon would be monitored by the World Health Organisation, WHO.
According to him: “We are here today to commence the preliminary stage of the Health Impact Assessment in Ogoni land. We are starting in Khana today and we will replicate same in all the four LGAs of Ogoni.
“We are carrying out the audit and taking note of all the cases today. We are doing screening for various ailments. The report would be used to do a health record for Ogoni”.