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2 million treated in NDDC – MD medical assistance

2 million treated in NDDC – MD medical assistance

The Niger Delta Development Commission says no fewer than two million residents of the Niger Delta region have benefited from its ongoing free medical assistance.

This was evident from a statement provided to The PUNCH on Tuesday by the commission’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Pius Ughakpoteni.

According to Ughakpoteni, the Managing Director of the NDDC, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, disclosed the figure on Sunday at the medical outreach flag in Cross River State.

He added that the outreach had been carried out in eight states in the region with a mandate to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of universal healthcare for all.

The statement read in part: “Ogbuku, who was represented by the Deputy Director of Education, Health and Social Services, Dr. Eme Inyangabia, said the free healthcare program was a flagship of the Commission aimed at changing the health situation and story of the people in the region.

“It is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, number three, which aim to achieve universal health coverage and ensure health and well-being for all.”

The statement further stated that the outreach would focus on medical cases such as malaria and fibroid surgery.

It quoted the NDDC Director of Education, Health and Social Services, Dr. George Uzonwanne, as saying: “Those who will undergo surgeries will be monitored until they are ready to be discharged from the facility as we have a team on site have to solve the problems. that, and cases we cannot treat will be referred to tertiary facilities for treatment.

“We want to treat 3,000 to 3,500 patients, but not really the number of patients, but the number of data points, because one patient can have more than three interventions. So we are looking at between 12,000 and 15,000 data points.”

Present at the flag ceremony were the Chairman of the Senate Committee on NDDC, Senator Asuquo Ekpenyong, the member representing Akamkpa 1 Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly, Okon Owuna, the Supreme Ruler of Akamkpa, Ewot Ebani. .