Mkpoikana Udoma 16 August 2015, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has donated drugs and medical supplies to hospitals in Bayelsa State as part of its contributions to the provision of quality healthcare in the nine states covered by the Commission.
A similar donation was also made at the Alaere Alaibe Memorial Health Centre, Opokuma, in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area.
The NDDC Director of Education, Health and Social Services, Dr. Solomon Ita, who handed over the medical supplies on behalf of the NDDC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sir Bassey Dan-Abia, said that six mobile vaccine cold chains and one fixed walk-in vaccine cold chain would also be delivered to the State ministry of health for vaccine storage.
He explained that it was part of the efforts of the NDDC to improve health services in the Niger Delta, adding that the Commission had also donated hospital equipment to teaching hospitals in Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers and Delta States.
He commended the Bayelsa State government for its prompt response earlier in the year when it had to contend with cholera outbreak.
He recalled that the NDDC did not hesitate to come to the assistance of the government in combating the health challenge and according to him, that intervention helped to save lives in the affected communities. He said that the current batch of drugs was being handed over to complement similar donations in the past.
Dr. Ita said: “This is my second visit to Yenagoa this year for this kind of intervention. We place a lot of emphasis on health care delivery. For this reason, we will soon resume our free medical mission to impact directly on the people in the rural communities.”
Receiving the drugs on behalf of the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ayibatonye Owei, the permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Brinena Samayin, expressed appreciation to the NDDC for always coming to the assistance of the state in addressing its health challenges.
He recalled the prompt response of the Commission when the state was hit by cholera outbreak, noting that the Commission did not only donated drugs, it also provided potable water facilities to strike at the root of the disease.
He appealed to the NDDC to include the state among those to benefit from its donation of hospital equipment.
He hailed the Commission’s free health mission and urged it to continue to touch the lives of the people through the programme. He observed that the assistance of the NDDC in the area of drugs was coming at a very auspicious time, noting that it would go a long way in helping the state to tackle the health challenges of the people of the state.
The Medical Director of Diete-Koki Memorial Hospital, Dr. Emmanuel Ferepigi, also commended the NDDC for assisting the State government in providing good quality healthcare for the people.
He gave kudos to the Commission for its activities in the Niger-Delta, especially in Bayelsa, noting that its interventions were usually timely. He gave assurances that the drugs would be appropriately utilized.
Speaking on the donated items, the Head of NDDC Health Unit, Dr. George Uzonwanne, listed 17 different medicines, worth several millions of naira, as part of the package. The items, he said, includes several cartons of de-worming tablets, anti-biotic capsules, paediatric medicines, insecticide-treated nets, malaria drugs, among others.