Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is to distribute various drugs and medical supplies, worth millions of naira to hospitals in the nine Niger Delta States.
The NDDC Managing Director, Sir Bassey Dan- Abia disclosed this when he inspected the warehouses of the commission in Port Harcourt last week, in the company of other senior officials. Also to be distributed to women and youths are starter packs for trainees of the various skill acquisition programmes of the interventionist agency. These include deep freezers, grinding machines, sewing machines, power generators among others. Dan-Abai observed that some of the items, especially drugs, have limited lifespan and should, therefore, be given out to the end users as quickly as possible.
The NDDC boss advised that the deliveries should be done in collaboration with officials of the states concerned, to ensure that the intended beneficiaries received the items. He underscored the need for the NDDC to always work in synergy with the state governments and other agencies in addressing the development challenges of the Niger Delta region, as warned that excuses would not be entertained for delays in carrying out the assignment.
Giving details of the drugs and medical equipment to be distributed, the NDDC Deputy Director, Education, Health and Social Services, Dr. Solomon Ita, disclosed that several cartons of essential drugs and a wide range of medical consumables and equipment were inspected and certified to be in good condition for delivery to hospitals. Ita continued that, the items included 30 mobile patient trolleys, 50 patient examination couches, 25 wheelchairs, 50 stethoscopes, hospital beds and mattresses, mobile bed screens and others.
At the second warehouse, the NDDC officials inspected equipment meant for the empowerment of women and youths who had participated in different jobcreation programmes of the Commission. The items inspected included 700 power generators, 700 deep freezers, 4,050 sewing machines and grinding machines.