The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is to donate 1 million auto disposable syringes and 10,000 doses of typhoid vaccines and mosquito nets to Imo state government towards enhanced health care delivery.
The Managing Director, Dr Christian Oboh announced this at the flag-on of the NDDC/A.M Projects, Free Health Care Mission at the Oguta General Hospital, where 1,000 insecticide treated nets were also distributed to pregnant women and children.
Represented by the Assistant Director, Education, Health and Social Services, Dr George Uzonwanne, Dr Oboh disclosed that the Commission would soon commence the vaccination of children against typhoid fever across the region.
He explained that the medical mission was in compliance with the Commission’s mandate to intervene in the health needs of the people and solicited their support towards the protection of government projects in their domain.
Imo State Commissioner for health, Dr Joe Njoku represented by Chief Executive, Hospitals Management Board, Dr Reginald Ike, commended the NDDC for the gesture and charged the people of Oguta to avail themselves of the medical services.
“We thank the NDDC for making this programme possible and like Oliver Twist we will continue to call on the Commission to remember us and extend this beyond the shores of Oguta”. He said.
On his part the medical coordinator of A.M Projects, Dr Frank Ezeana put number of cases treated as at the third day of the mission at 4,000.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Udom Ambrose thanked the NDDC for the mission adding “the free healthcare is very helpful to the poor who cannot afford to pay their hospital bills”.