The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has donated drugs and medical supplies to hospitals in Bayelsa State The NDDC Director of Education, Health and Social Services, Dr. Solomon Ita, who handed over the medical supplies on behalf of the NDDC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sir (Barr.) Bassey Dan-Abia, stated it was part of the commission’s contributions to the provision of quality health care in the nine States covered by the Commission.
Ita handed over the items to officials of the Bayelsa State Ministry of Health at a brief ceremony at the Diete-Koki Memorial Hospital, Opolo in Yenagoa while a similar presentation was also made at the Alaere Alaibe Memorial health centre, Opokuma.
The director disclosed that six mobile vaccine cold chains and one fixed walk-in vaccine cold chain would also be delivered to the State ministry of health for vaccine storage. He explained that it was part of the efforts of the NDDC to improve health services in the Niger Delta, adding that the Commission had also donated hospital equipment to teaching hospitals in Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Delta States.
Ita commended the Bayelsa State government for its prompt response earlier in the year when it had to contend with cholera outbreak and stated that the NDDC did not hesitate to come to the assistance of the government in combating the health challenge and according to him, that intervention helped to save lives in the affected communities.
According to Ita, the current batch of drugs was being handed over to complement similar donations in the past. “This is my second visit to Yenagoa this year for this kind of intervention. We place a lot of emphasis on health care delivery. For this reason, we will soon resume our free medical mission to impact directly on the people in the rural communities,” Ita stated.
Receiving the drugs on behalf of the state commissioner for health, Dr. Ayibatonye Owei, the permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Brinena Samayin, thanked NDDC for always coming to the assistance of the state in addressing its health challenges. He recalled the prompt response of the Commission when the state was hit by cholera outbreak.
-Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt