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Over 2 million persons receive free medicare in oil region

Over 2 million persons receive free medicare in oil region

…3000 benefit in Imo State

Over two million persons in the oil region have so far benefited from the free medical care powered by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The areas of intervention are said to include consultations for things such as malaria or upper respiratory tract infections. Others include children who had cuts. There are also cogent cases such as fibroid surgeries, eye surgeries with intraocular lens implantation and dental surgeries.

This is as over 3000 just benefitted in Imo State where the scheme landed in the week.

Places that the scheme would land in the coming weeks in nine mandate states of the Niger Delta region in the first phase include Owaza in Abia State, Otuasega in Ogbia, and Yenagoa, both in Bayelsa State, Akamkpa in Cross River State, Otujeremi in Ughelli North, in Delta State, Auchi in Edo State, Igbokoda in Ondo State and Ogu in Rivers State.”

This was disclosed in Oguta in Imo State in the week by the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Samuel Ogbuku (PhD), who was represented by the Director, Education, Health and Social Services, George Uzonwanne.

The medical doctor said that the over two million Niger Deltans who had little or no access to modern health facilities, had benefitted from the medical missions over the years.

In Imo State over 3,000 patients were expected to benefit from the Free Health Care Medical Programme of the Commission currently taking place at the General Hospital Oguta in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State.

The MD said that the week-long free healthcare programme, which the NDDC organised in partnership with the Arit Walden Free Healthcare Mission, was in compliance with the Commission’s mandate to intervene in the health needs of the people.

Ogbuku, who was represented by Uzonwanne, said that the medical interventions ranged from consultations to treatments.

Ogbuku noted that there were many remarkable stories and testimonies which had come out of these interventions, emphasising that what NDDC had done was to provide the platform for God to perform miracles in the lives of our people.

He said: “As it is always said, health is wealth. And so, as part of the strategy to bring prosperity to the Niger Delta region, it was urgent and imperative for the Commission to build a region of healthy people. You cannot build a place without also building the people. Indeed, the people are the primary beneficiaries of development and it is they who can make development sustainable.

“The current Governing Board and Management of the Commission believe that to develop a place we must be concerned about and committed to developing the people. To heal the people is to heal the land and make it whole.”

Ogbuku observed that the Commission was providing a platform through which God would continue to work miracles in the lives of the people and through which the needs of Niger Deltans could begin to be realised and their dreams of a better Niger Delta region fulfilled.

The representative of Imo State on the NDDC Board, Kirean Uchegbu PhD, applauded the leadership of the Commission for providing a platform through which the healthcare needs of the people could be addressed. He urged the people of Oguta LGA and other neighbouring communities to avail themselves of the medical services.

The traditional ruler of Oguta, the Eze, Nnani Chinedu Nzeribe, lauded the NDDC for the free health programme, which he described as life-saving and impactful. “We are grateful that God is using the NDDC to help our people,” he said.

The Administrator of Arthur Nzeribe General Hospital, Oguta, the reverend father, Anthony Emereonyeokwe, commended the NDDC for bringing the free medical programme to Oguta and using the facilities of the general hospital.