NDDC launches ‘Therapeutic the Niger Delta’ scheme to rescue victims of oil exploitation

NDDC launches ‘Therapeutic the Niger Delta’ scheme to rescue victims of oil exploitation

…Over 2.5m obtain well being interventions

Angela Okwu, 32, works in a grocery store Oguta native council space of Imo State as a cashier has gone to 2 hospitals the place fibroid was recognized. Medical doctors recommended a serious surgical procedure which required a minimal of N250,000, an quantity the newly married girl stated her younger household couldn’t afford. She thus resorted to natural treatments.

Even when she learnt that the Niger Delta Growth Fee (NDDC) was bringing medical intervention, she squeezed her mouth as a result of the NDDC didn’t connote hope for any cheap particular person. Associates nonetheless persuaded her to ‘strive your luck’ and she or he did on the Normal Hospital Oguta.

Immediately, Okwu, like many others, are elevating their arms within the air in reward of the intervention of their well being.

Flagging off the scheme in Imo State, the Managing Director of the NDDC, Samuel Ogbuku, stated: “Within the coming weeks, the Fee can be visiting all of the 9 mandate states of the Niger Delta area, to take this free well being programme to our individuals. On this first part, we may even be visiting Owaza in Abia State, Otuasega in Ogbia, and Yenagoa, each in Bayelsa State, Akamkpa in Cross River State, Otujeremi in Ughelli North, in Delta State, Auchi in Edo State, Igbokoda in Ondo State and Ogu in Rivers State.”

Ogbuku noticed that the Fee was offering a platform by which God would proceed to work miracles within the lives of the individuals and thru which the wants of Niger Deltans might start to be realised and their goals of a greater Niger Delta area fulfilled.

It was the day over 3,000 sufferers had been anticipated to learn from the Free Well being Care Medical Programme of the NDDC that happened on the Normal Hospital Oguta in Oguta Native Authorities Space of Imo State.

The NDDC boss stated that the week-long free healthcare programme, which the NDDC organised in partnership with the Arit Walden Free Healthcare Mission, was in compliance with the Fee’s mandate to intervene within the well being wants of the individuals

The consultant of Imo State on the NDDC Board, Kirean Uchegbu, applauded the management of the Fee for offering a platform by which the healthcare wants of the individuals could possibly be addressed. He urged the individuals of Oguta LGA and different neighbouring communities to avail themselves of the medical companies.

The normal ruler of Oguta, Eze Nnani Chinedu Nzeribe. lauded the NDDC for the free well being programme, which he described as life-saving and impactful. “We’re grateful that God is utilizing the NDDC to assist our individuals,” he stated.

The Administrator of Arthur Nzeribe Normal Hospital, Oguta, a reverend father, Anthony Emereonyeokwe, recommended the NDDC for bringing the free medical programme to Oguta and utilizing the services of the overall hospital.

BusinessDay gathered that the medical interventions ranged from consultations for issues corresponding to malaria or higher respiratory tract infections or youngsters who had cuts, to cogent instances corresponding to fibroid surgical procedures, eye surgical procedures with intraocular lens implantation and dental surgical procedures.

What touched the lifetime of Okwu in Oguta in Imo State didn’t cease there. It touched many extra lives in Akwa Ibom State.

At a week-long medical mission on the Ukana Cottage Hospital, the sick and infirm from a number of communities within the native authorities space and past trouped out seeking therapeutic.

The programme introduced showers of blessing for Happiness Idiok Francis, who was delivered of twins, two boys. The fortunate girl, who hails from Abia State, was stuffed with praises to God and the NDDC for making it doable for her to hold her youngsters.

Francis is just one out of many poor individuals within the distant communities of the Niger Delta who’ve been rescued by the intervention of the NDDC’s free medical missions. For seven days, the Cottage Hospital Ukana, was swarming with actions because the sick and their caring relations thronged the place for medical consideration from the visiting medical staff.

The motley crowd of the outdated and the younger waited patiently as they took turns to be attended to by the medical personnel. They had been met by an equally affected person medical staff put collectively by the NDDC together with Professional-Well being Worldwide.

For Ndianaobong Bassey, it was time to say goodbye to disconcerting belly pains attributable to fibroid. It took a serious surgical procedure from the medical staff to alleviate her of the tumour and the accompanying pains which she had endured for a few years. As she recuperates, she now hopes to stay a traditional life free from nagging pains. Even in her weak state within the hospital mattress, she struggled to search out the precise adjectives to qualify the advantages of the NDDC’s heath mission. In abstract, she stated: “NDDC got here to our place with the therapeutic hand of God.”

Afaha Ikot Ibok, who lives together with her husband in Ukana, couldn’t agree extra. She too was delivered by caesarian part. It was a giant aid for the household as a result of they didn’t know the place to show to for assist earlier than the free well being programme got here to their door-steps.

Monday Akpan, who introduced his mom for remedy, stated he was delighted that the free healthcare programme got here to Essien Udim at a time he was virtually giving up hope on the way to save his sick mom however couldn’t discover cash to take her to a personal clinic for medical remedy. “You’ll be able to see the enjoyment in our faces. We’re glad the NDDC has come to our rescue,” he stated.

“I thank the NDDC. We recognize this life-saving programme. We recognize what the medical doctors are doing, and please proceed to recollect us and are available once more,” he stated.

Criticality of well being intervention:

High officers of the NDDC stated of all the event programmes which the Fee has undertaken within the Niger Delta area, the one which brings large aid and makes instant affect on the lives of the agricultural individuals is the free well being care programme. The free well being missions have gone spherical nearly all corners of the Niger Delta, therapeutic the sick and giving hope to the medically challenged.

Sadly, they stated, this essential well being intervention programme that offered therapeutic and succour to Niger Deltans was suspended since 2019. The excellent news, they are saying, nonetheless, is that the free medical outreach is again and has been flagged off to take the therapeutic mission throughout the 9 states of the Niger Delta area.

In a ceremony to re-launch the programme on the Ukana Cottage Hospital in Essien Udim Native Authorities Space of Akwa Ibom State, the NDDC Managing Director spoke of the resolve of the Fee to take healthcare to the door-steps of rural dwellers and communities.

The NDDC boss, who was represented by the NDDC Government Director, Tasks, Victor Antai, stated that the Fee by the free medical mission had offered well being options to over two million Niger Deltans throughout virtually all communities within the area, emphasizing its dedication to make a distinction within the well being sector by the engagement of related companions corresponding to Professional-Well being Worldwide, Arit Walden Free Healthcare Mission and others.

Via the free medical outreach, the NDDC seems to be waging a two-pronged conflict on constructing human capability and restoring the well being of the individuals in communities throughout Nigeria’s oil-bearing area. By the speed the programme goes and the protection it’s attaining, insiders consider that over 40,000 sufferers might obtain well being and life once more.

Historical past of the well being intervention:

There isn’t any doubt that the actions of the oil firms affect negatively on the lives of the individuals. Air pollution of water, land and air is rampant and prevalent. A research of the area by the World Financial institution warned that “an pressing want exists to implement a mechanism to guard the life and well being of the areas inhabitants and its ecological programs from additional deterioration.”

Different research confirmed that well being indicators within the Niger Delta had been far beneath the nationwide common.

This prompted the NDDC to swing into motion in 2004, when it launched into its first free medical mission in Odi, in Kolokuma/Opokuma Native Authorities Space of Bayelsa State. Then, Odi was confronted with a dire scenario, following a particular army operation, and the attendant well being challenges which confronted the individuals.

A typical free medical mission makes use of volunteer medical personnel who arrange a area hospital within the premises of a medical facility. The well being programme often contains normal consultations, and laboratory checks, surgical interventions in gynecological instances, obstetrics, ophthalmic amongst others.

The programme additionally presents normal well being training and counseling particularly for communicable ailments like HIV/AIDS. These with severe illnesses that can not be handled on the area places of work are referred to tertiary well being establishments for extra complete care.

The NDDC Director, Schooling, Well being and Social Providers, (Geordge Uzonwanne), stated that the aim of the fee was to supply medical companies to the individuals of the Niger Delta area, as a part of its mandate. He famous that the fee had all the time put a particular concentrate on healthcare supply, including that it had prolonged well being services and companies to many communities throughout the area.

In line with Uzonwanne, there was hardly any group within the area that has not benefited from the free well being programme. He gave kudos to the Non-Governmental Organisations which were partnering with the NDDC on this crucial intervention within the well being sector, noting that the companions offered free healthcare companies to a number of communities regularly.

He stated: “We’ve efficiently handled over 1,200 instances, together with performing 50 profitable eye surgical procedures. Moreover, 280 corrective eyeglasses have been distributed to assist sufferers in studying small prints and enhancing their imaginative and prescient. Every pair of those eyeglasses, offered freed from cost by NDDC, is valued at N35,000 and above.

“Moreover, the programme has facilitated the secure supply of seven infants by Caesarean sections, together with a set of twins. Sufferers have additionally obtained numerous medicines for situations corresponding to malaria, hypertension, diabetes, sexually transmitted ailments (STDs), gastrointestinal problems, dental care, eye care, surgical procedures for situations like hydrocele and appendicitis, in addition to diagnostic companies together with checks like packed cell quantity (PCV) and random blood sugar.”

Dr Uzonwanne affirmed that the Free Medical Outreach was performed in collaboration with Professional-Well being Worldwide Africa, Excellence Group Schooling Scheme, and Medical Girls’s Affiliation of Nigeria.

In line with NDDC: “This programme, which offers healthcare companies to medically underserved rural communities within the area, is one in all a number of well being programmes of the Fee, focused at altering the well being scenario and narrative of our individuals within the area. It’s consistent with the United Nation’s Sustainable Growth Targets, SDGs, No. 3 which aspires to attain common well being protection and guarantee well being and well-being for all.

The Chief Government Officer of Professional-Well being Worldwide, Iko Ibanga, stated that he was very impressed by the large turn-out of the individuals to benefit from the free well being care. In line with him, tons of of sufferers had been attended to inside the first 3 days. “We’ve carried out many main surgical procedures for fibroid, ovarian cyst, hernia, in addition to caesarean sections. We’ve additionally carried out cataract extraction for some sufferers with impaired imaginative and prescient,” he stated.

Ibanga highlighted the advantages of the NDDC free medical programme, noting that it was very helpful for the poor and fewer privileged individuals. He stated that many individuals within the rural areas discovered it tough to entry medical companies on account of poverty, citing the case of two ladies whose supply had been delayed as a result of they might not elevate the cash for a caesarian part in a personal clinic.

He stated: “The individuals complain that medical companies of their communities are very costly as a result of they’re seen as coming from oil-producing areas. The non-public clinics listed here are very costly for the individuals. So, with out the free well being programme of the NDDC, most of them are kind of helpless.”

For the Advisor Obsterician and gynaecologist, head of the working room for Professional-Well being Worldwide, Nsikak Nyoyoko, the turnout of individuals from Ukana and the neighbouring communities was large. “I’m very proud of the arrange and the individuals have testified that they had been nicely handled by the medical doctors, nurses and different medical personnel,” he stated.

“With the free well being programme, our individuals can say farewell to all of the endemic well being issues which have lengthy plagued them. It’s expedient to say right here that the well being companions are anticipated handy over substantial portions of medicine to the hospital administration for the remedy of those that had some main operations.”

A typical free medical mission makes use of volunteer medical personnel who arrange a area hospital within the premises of a medical facility. The well being programme often contains normal consultations, and laboratory checks, surgical interventions in gynecological instances, obstetrics, ophthalmic amongst others.

The programme additionally presents normal well being training and counseling particularly for communicable ailments like HIV/AIDS. These with severe illnesses that can not be handled on the area places of work are referred to tertiary well being establishments for extra complete care.

On the week-long medical mission on the Ukana Cottage Hospital, the sick and infirm from a number of communities within the native authorities space and past trouped out seeking therapeutic.

Shifting practice:

The well being scheme appears to maneuver massive and quick to all of the 9 states. It was relaunched at Ukana Cottage Hospital, in Essien Udim Native Authorities Space of Akwa Ibom State not too long ago on the best way to the 9 states in concerning the finish of June.

Talking in an interview with newsmen on the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Fee’s Director for Schooling Well being and Social Providers (Uzonwanne), stated that after the flag off in Akwa Ibom State, the medical outreach had been performed on the Oguta Normal Hospital in Imo State.

He stated that NDDC’s efforts to remodel healthcare entry inside the Niger Delta area was in tandem with the United Nations Sustainable Growth Aim 3; Good Well being and Nicely-being and making certain equitable well being companies for all.

Uzonwanne said: “The NDDC understands {that a} wholesome inhabitants is the cornerstone of a affluent Niger Delta. The free healthcare mission displays our dedication to not solely handle instant well being wants but in addition spend money on the long-term well-being of our communities.”

He stated that over 7,000 sufferers benefited from the medical outreach in Imo and Akwa Ibom states within the final three weeks, noting that 2.5 million individuals within the Niger Delta area had benefited from the free well being care supply by the Fee since its inception.

Uzonwanne assured: “What occurred in Ukana and Oguta can be replicated in different communities within the Niger Delta area.

“In Ukana, we efficiently handled over 1200 instances, together with performing 50 eye surgical procedures, leading to 50 previously partially blind people regaining their sight. Moreover, 280 corrective eyeglasses had been distributed to assist sufferers in studying small prints and enhancing their imaginative and prescient. Every pair of those eyeglasses, offered freed from cost by NDDC, is valued at N35,000 and above. We additionally gave out Dietary Excessive Vitality Merchandise and dietary supplements for malnourished youngsters below the age of 5.”

“In Oguta we attended to three,927 sufferers, together with 93 eye surgical procedures, 67 different surgical procedure instances, 162 dental instances and 1,251 sufferers handled basically drugs.”

The NDDC Director defined: “The 2024 Free Medical Mission Section 1 presents a wide selection of companies, freed from cost, together with: normal consultations and preventative screenings; surgical interventions for crucial situations; specialised look after complicated well being points, in addition to provision of medicines and important medical provides.

He declared: “The NDDC is coming to your doorsteps with certified medical doctors and medical personnel to present you good well being. Cash will not stand between you and good well being.”

Uzonwanne gave particulars of the up-coming medical missions, stating: “Our subsequent cease is on the Normal Hospital, Otu Jeremi in Ughelli South LGA of Delta State from Might 5-11; the mission strikes to Otuasega in Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa from Might 12-18; then it goes to Auchi Normal Hospital in Etsako West LGA of Edo State from Might 12-18; adopted by Ondo State from Might 26-June1 at Igbokoda Normal Hospital, Ilaje LGA; whereas Bayelsa State will get one other probability from June 2-8 at Diete Koki Memorial Hospital, Yenagoa; Rivers State follows from June 2-8 at Ogu Normal Hospital in Ogu/Bolo LGA; whereas it goes to Abia State from June 16-22 on the Group Well being Centre, Owaza in Ukwa West LGA and eventually births on the Normal Hospital, Akamkpa in Cross River State from June 16-22.”

Fibroid made simple:

Many ladies nowadays appear frightened of fibroid which appears to assault at epidemic proportion. Now, a complete of 48 sufferers have undergone surgical procedures for fibroid within the on-going NDDC Free Well being Medical Outreach holding on the Normal Hospital Otu Jeremi, in Ughelli South Native Authorities Space of Delta State, alone.

Talking on the week-long free healthcare programme, the NDDC Managing Director stated that the programme would carry healthcare to the door-steps of rural dwellers and communities, noting that over 6,000 sufferers have benefited from the well being missions in Akwa Ibom and Imo states.

He was represented by Endurance Ezugu who stated that the Fee had, through the years, offered well being options to over two million Niger Deltans throughout virtually all communities within the area.

“The optimistic affect of this mission is about to proceed throughout the 9 states of the Niger Delta area, as President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has given the Fee the mandate to increase the healthcare initiative to as many communities as doable.”

The NDDC boss stated that the World Well being Organisation (WHO) had agreed to collaborate with the NDDC to implement a Well being Insurance coverage Undertaking, in addition to different well being programmes that will profit the individuals of the Niger Delta area, such because the free medical outreaches.

Ogbuku re-stated the Fee’s resolve to leverage on its coverage of Transiting from Transaction to Transformation, in order to make sure transparency and accountability in its actions and programmes. On this sensible, he stated, the Fee was making progress with its youth growth and empowerment scheme, often called Holistic Alternatives, Tasks and Engagement, HOPE, which was constructing a complete database of the youth inhabitants of the Niger Delta area.

In line with a schedule launched by the NDDC, the Free Medical Outreach will transfer to Otuasega in Ogbia Native Authorities Space of Bayelsa from Might 12-18.

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