Abia community gets NDDC free healthcare

Abia community gets NDDC free healthcare

The Niger Delta Development Commission said over 2,000 patients benefitted from the first phase of its Free Health Medical Outreach in Ukwa General Hospital, Oke Ikpe in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State.
The NDDC Managing Director, Dr Samuel Ogbuku, disclosed this while speaking at the week-long free healthcare programme.
This was contained in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Friday by the NDDC Director, Corporate Affairs, Pius Ughakpoteni, and sent to newsmen.
Ogbuku stated that the free healthcare was organised in partnership with Derums Global Services to bring healthcare to rural communities across the Niger Delta region.
Ogbuku, who was represented by the Abia State representative on the NDDC Board, Chief Eruba Dimgba, said the medical outreach programme was targeted at changing the health situation and narrative of the medically underserved people in the region.
He remarked, “The programme has in the recent past been the flagship of the commission, serving to endear the commission to these medically needy communities, with documented evidence and testimonies, abounding of their beneficial impact in enhancing the quality of life of the rural poor in the Region.
“The objective of the programme undertaken in collaboration with various healthcare organisations is to ensure access to good healthcare services by removing financial barriers to accessing good and qualitative healthcare services posed by the prevailing high costs of healthcare services in the midst of a weakened Health system and infrastructure.”
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer said that as an interventionist agency, the commission had championed good health as being integral to the successful realisation of its mandate in facilitating the sustainable development of the Niger Delta Region.
He said, “This is in line with the position adopted by Mr. President during the commemoration of the 2023 World Universal Health Coverage Day with the Theme: Health for All, Time for Action, where he emphasized the import of placing health and social well -being of Nigerians as a key part of his Renewed Hope Agenda.”

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