The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha, has reiterated the need for improved and affordable health care delivery for communities in the Niger Delta region.
Speaking at theÂ flag-off of a weeklong NDDC/Pro Health Free medical programme at the Catholic Hospital, Obosima, Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, the Managing Director,Â who was represented by Dr George Uzonwane, an Assistant Director, saidÂ the call became necessary because the attendant consequences of oil exploration and exploitation have brought untold hardship on the people, especially exposure to diseases.
He said it was for this reason that the NDDC was intervening in the health sector and urged the people to take advantage of the free medical programme and fight against endemic disease to stay healthy.
In an address, His Royal Highness Eze P. Onyeukwu,Â lauded the free health care programme,Â pointing out thatÂ the people of Obosima and its environs have benefitted greatly from the programme.
Also speaking, Coordinator of Pro-Health International, Dr Abiodun Aderibigbe, disclosed that about 3,500 patients were treated for various ailments during the programme.