By Emem Idio
OKOLOBIRI—THE Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, NDUTH, Okolobiri, Bayelsa State, beat the drums recently to mark its 10th year anniversary.
It was a week-long programme of activities, including a free medical outreach to residents of Okolobiri community in Yenagoa local government area of the state.
Chief Medical Director, CMD, NDUTH, Prof. Dimie Ogoina, said that with perceived expectations and challenges facing the young institution, surviving 10 years as a tertiary hospital and having the opportunity to learn from the past, were among the reasons for the celebrations.
“The NDUTH is currently the only state owned tertiary health facility in Bayelsa State established in September 2007 with the mandate to provide specialist healthcare, train health manpower and conduct health research, over the last decade, we are proud to have significantly contributed to health care delivery and medical education in the Niger Delta. We have cared for thousands from across Niger Delta and beyond and trained hundreds of health workers in various fields.”
Free screening, treatment
Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, NDUTH, Dr. Johnbull Jumbo, asserted: “As part of our 10th year anniversary, we are carrying out a medical outreach in our host community, Okolobiri. The aim is to give back to the community as part of our corporate social responsibility. The treatment for patients is free, screening them for diseases because many of them due to ignorance may not afford health care services in our hospitals, so this is an opportunity for them to seek health care.”
One of the beneficiaries, Madam Tokoni Perezide, who was diagnosed with high blood pressure and given counselling and medication, commended the organizers of the medical outreach for the initiative, saying: “We want this kind of programme to be organised frequently. It will help poor people like us, who cannot afford medical care, benefit as well. We are grateful for their efforts but it should be periodical.”