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Commissioner thumbs up NDDC free medical outreach; over 1000 health issues resolved



No fewer than 1200 medical cases including about 100 surgeries have so far been handled at the ongoing free medical outreach facilitated by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in collaboration with the Arit Walden Foundation.

The initiative has drawn the commendation of Akwa Ibom State Representative on the Governing Board of the Commission, Apostle Abasiandikan Nkono, who graced the flag-off of the outreach in Essien Udim Local Government Area.

Speaking at the Cottage Hospital, Ukana, Essien Udim LGA on Thursday, Apostle Nkono hailed the NDDC Governing Board led by Mr Chiedu Ebie and Management Board led by Dr Samuel Ogbuku, for being passionate about helping and improving the health of the people of Akwa Ibom State.

According to him, the Commission under the current leadership has been offering qualitative services to Niger Deltans since its inauguration, and has remained committed to its mandate.

“This (medical outreach) is just one on a list of several interventions undertaken by the current leadership of NDDC.

“I am fully convinced that there is more to come from the Commission in terms of adding value to the region through empowerment, development, education, healthcare delivery, security and other areas.

Asserting that the high quantum of health issues handled during the exercise underlines the importance of adequate access to quality healthcare in the Niger Delta, Nkono thanked the federal government for being supportive of NDDC’s programmes.

The programme was flagged-off by the Executive Director of Projects in NDDC, Hon. Victor Antai, who represented the Managing Director, Dr Samuel Ogbuku.

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Antai said the “program stands as a beacon of hope for our people in the Niger Delta Region.”

“By providing essential healthcare services to over two million Niger Deltans, we are reshaping the narrative of healthcare accessibility in our communities,” remarked Rt. Hon. Victor Antai,” he added.

A beneficiary, Mrs Idara Sambo Udoetor, appreciated the NDDC and the federal government for the gesture.

“My treatment and drugs given to me were absolutely free. May God bless the federal government of Nigeria and the NDDC for extending this benevolence to me.”

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