The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Prof. Nelson Brambaifa, has assured that the commission is committed to better healthcare delivery for the people of the crude oil and gas-rich region.
Brambaifa stated these yesterday at the corporate headquarters of NDDC in Port Harcourt, when a delegation from the NMA, Rivers branch, led by its Vice Chairman, Dr. Ebbi Robinson, visited him.
The NDDC chief noted that as an interventionist agency, the commission would always collaborate with experts to provide adequate healthcare for rural communities in the Niger Delta.
He assured the NMA’s delegation of the support of NDDC in training and retraining of medical personnel, noting that it was necessary to bridge the gap in healthcare delivery in the Niger Delta by taking medical experts to the various communities.
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Brambaifa stated that NDDC was determined to make a difference in the health sector, through the engagement of relevant partners.
He pointed out that many people had benefited from the free medical services organised by the commission to address various health issues, noting that NDDC had always made efforts to bring healthcare to the doorsteps of rural dwellers.
The acting managing director stated that NDDC’s free medical mission made it possible to assemble medical experts in different areas of specialisation to attend to the needs of people who would otherwise not have access to such highly-qualified medical personnel.
Vice Chairman of NMA, earlier in his remarks, lauded NDDC for promoting health-related programmes that had been helping to reduce the medical challenges facing the people of the Niger Delta.
He said: “We want to partner with NDDC in manpower development in the health sector. There is need to sponsor the training of specialties in the medical sector. We also need the support of NDDC in training and retraining of medical personnel.”
Robinson also disclosed that NMA was making arrangements for its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the Rivers state capital and would require the support of the commission, while disclosing that items on the progamme for the AGM would include free health services for members of the public and a community outreach programme.
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