Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
The NDDC's free healthcare programme will be reactivated.

NDDC To Revive Free Healthcare Programme

According to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), it will be reactivating its free healthcare programme, which covers communities in the Niger Delta region, as part of its commitment to improve healthcare delivery to the people.

Speaking at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, when a beneficiary of the commission’s healthcare intervention, Master Miracle Nwagbara and his parents paid him a “thank you” visit, Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Major Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (Rtd.), said the provision of quality medical services to the people of the Niger Delta was part of its mandate.

“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,” he said.

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.

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He said the NDDC Governing Board was focused on bringing succour to the people of the Niger Delta, assuring that the commission would spare no effort to ensure that the people had access to quality healthcare.

“Our mission, which is to facilitate the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region, comes with a demand on the NDDC to improve the people’s health and well-being.”

The NDDC Director of Health and Social Services, Dr. George Uzonwanne, said the commission had always placed a high premium on healthcare delivery, adding it had extended health facilities and services to many communities across the region.

Also speaking, the father of Miracle, Mr. Solomon Nwagbara, praised the NDDC for its timely intervention to save the life of his son who had a hole in his heart and required extensive surgery that was too expensive for his family to carry.

Pastor George Ero, the Pastor of the Dominion Sanctuary Parish and Zonal headquarters of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Rivers Province 2, led the Nwagbara family delegation to the NDDC headquarters and commended the commission for being proactive in intervening in the lives of the people of the Niger Delta, praying for the success of the commission.