The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) said it had commenced distribution of medical kits and equipment to ministries of health in nine states of the Niger Delta.
This is contain in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by the commission’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr Chijioke Amu-Nnadi,
According to the statement, the Rivers government had already taken delivery of her kits.
It listed the kits to include: fixed vaccine cold rooms, mobile solar/battery-powered vaccine cold chains and assorted types of drugs.
The statement quoted NDDC’s acting Managing Director, Mrs Ibim Semenitari as saying that the kits were part of the commission’s efforts to boost healthcare services in the region.
“The mobile Solar/Battery-powered vaccine cold chains are meant to take the vaccines from the fixed ones to remote areas.
“This will help maintain the cold temperature for the vaccines to ensure that they were in perfect condition.
“NDDC is committed and will continue to partner with communities, local and state governments to help address medical challenges in the region.
“We will assist as best as we can to ensure that our people are healthy,” the statement quoted the Managing Director as saying.
Semenitari inspected drugs that would be dispatched to Soku community, in Rivers as part of its ongoing intervention to control recent cholera outbreak in the state.
She said that Soku community being oil producing area and island had made it difficult for the people to receive quick interventions.
According to her, the cold chain and other kits would enable people in the area have access to vaccines to curtail future outbreaks.
“We noticed that vaccines are not properly stored to ensure that it is delivered to the end users at the appropriate temperatures.
“NDDC is determined to change that,” Semenitari said. (NAN)