A modern orthopedic and general surgery complex has been commissioned at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba in Delta State.The medical complex, built by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, is expected to boost the capacity of the medical centre to handle serious cases of surgery.
Performing the commissioning ceremony, Dr. Christy Atako, the NDDC Acting Managing Director, noted that the commission had always placed a high premium on Health care delivery, adding that it had extended health facilities and services to many communities in the Niger Delta.
According to Dr. Atako, apart from providing health infrastructure, the NDDC was taking healthcare to the door-steps of the people through the mobile free medical missions.“The free Medicare programme has been taken to various communities in the region, curing the people of various diseases, some of which are chronic. "We have come to the rescue of thousands of patients in 445 missions, covering over 2,000 communities. In these field trips, 12,000 general surgeries and 7,000 eye operations were carried out,” she said.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer said that the commission had so far distributed 500,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets, 9 million auto-disposable syringes as well as donating medical equipment worth N200million to hospitals in the Niger Delta.
Dr. Atako said that the NDDC was currently constructing three Specialist Hospitals in Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Rivers states. She said that work on one of them, the cardio-vascular and orthopedic hospital in Port Harcourt had reached an advanced stage.
The Medical Director of the FMC Asaba, Dr. Leo Erhunwunsee, said that the NDDC had over time proven to be one of the dependable partners of the medical centre. He said that some of the projects and facilities provided for the health institution by the commission included internal roads with concrete drainage; ambulance; waste disposal vehicles; a 500KVA generator and medical equipment worth millions of naira.
Dr. Erhunwunsee thanked the NDDC for the new orthopedic and general surgery complex, which he described as a magnificent edifice that would aid the work of the medical personnel. He praised the contractor who executed the project and appealed to the NDDC to continue to encourage competent indigenous contractors.