NDDC announces plan to resume N’Delta free medical scheme

The Niger Delta Development Commission has announced plans to reactivate its free health care programme covering communities in the Niger Delta region.

The NDDC Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Maj. Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (retd.), stated this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, when a beneficiary of the commission’s healthcare intervention, Miracle Nwagbara, and his parents paid Airhiavbere a visit.

This was contained in a statement issued by the NDDC Director, Corporate Affairs, Dr Ibitoye Abosede, on Tuesday and sent to newsmen.

The statement quoted Airhiavbere to have said the provision of quality medical services to the people of the Niger Delta region was part of its mandate.

The statement read in part: “Our budgets have just been approved by the National Assembly. Once the paperwork on the NDDC budget is done and implementation begins, we will reactivate the free medical outreach programme because it is captured in our budget.”

Airhiavbere said the medical professionals needed for the effective implementation of the free medical outreach programme were already being mobilised for the programme which would cover the nine NDDC mandate states.

The NDDC Executive Director further mentioned that the NDDC Governing Board was focused on bringing succour to the people of the region, stating that the agency would spare no effort to ensure that the people had access to quality healthcare.