The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has flagged on the distribution of typhoid vaccine, anti-malaria drugs and other medical consumables worth millions of naira to flood victims in the 9 states of the region.
Performing the ceremony in Port Harcourt, NDDC Governing Board Chairman, Dr. Tarilah Tebepah disclosed that the move was to ward off the outbreak of diseases in the flood ravaged communities of the Niger Delta region.
“The flood took everyone unawares like most natural disasters, but we can now anticipate what follows when the water recedes; that is why we have decided to intervene to save our people from preventable diseases,” he explained.
On his part, the Managing Director, Dr. Christian Oboh said the Commission had earlier distributed relief materials across the region for the victims adding that NDDC was mindful of post flood realities which include health hazard of different dimensions.
He admitted that some lessons have been learnt from the recent flood saying “we now know that we should be better prepared next time. For now, we will do our best to help alleviate the suffering of the people”.
Representative of the North Central on the Board, Senator Tunde Ogbeha described the gesture as timely and assured that the Commission will remain focused in providing succour to the people and meeting its developmental obligations.
Director, Education, Health and Social Services in the Commission, Dr. Christiana Atako said the drug distribution started with Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Imo and Rivers States, while the other affected states of the region will be covered in the 2nd phase of distribution.