NDDC Medical Outreach Targets 3,500 People in Cross River

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has flagged off its free medical services targeted at about three thousand, five hundred people in Cross River State, southern Nigeria.

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The free medical outreach, which is part of the Nigerian Government’s intervention aimed at enhancing access to quality healthcare services under the United Nations Universal Health Coverage, was flagged off in the southern senatorial district.



According to the Commission’s Director of Education, Health and Social Services, Dr. George Uzonwanne, the seven days free medical services would be held across Akamkpa, Biase and Odukpani local government areas.

“This is part of NDDC’s interventions in the Niger Delta area. We are running a one week short term medical mission free of charge to Cross River people of this senatorial zone. At the end of the programme, we are looking at reaching 3,000 to 3,500 patients,” Uzonwanne said.

He further stated, “one patient may have two to three interventions, which means that we are looking to achieve between 12,000 to 15,000 data points in terms of the data we can collect; treatment and ailments that they shall have.”

According to him, the free medical services would include treatment for malaria, complex surgeries such as fibroid, eyes amongst others, explaining that the commission also has a referral system where cases not suited for the secondary facility would be referred to a tertiary hospital.

Supporting easy access

Meanwhile, to enable the beneficiaries access the free health services, the senator for the southern senatorial district of Cross River, Senator Asuquo Ekpenyong, provided free bus services and engaged commercial motorcycles to convey people to the designated facilities.



Senator Ekpenyong, who was physically present at the flagging off ceremony, harped on the importance of creating access to quality healthcare in the rural areas besides Calabar, the Cross River State capital and other major towns.

“The number one basic human need is quality healthcare. Without health we cannot purse life in its entirety. The greatest gift one can give to anybody is sound health, able body, able mind. So to me, that is the primary need of my people here, the Cross River southern senatorial district.

“Most times our medical outreaches are in Calabar and other towns, but the decision to hold this here is to enable those in rural areas have easy access to free quality healthcare services. The mission is actually open to all Cross River State citizens and visitors as well,” Ekpenyong said.

He expressed the hope that the medical intervention would, in no small measure, complement the effort of Governor Bassey Otu towards the delivery of quality services to the citizens.

The traditional ruler of Akamkpa local government areas, Mr. Ewut Ebani, described the medical outreach as the single largest health intervention ever witnessed in the area.

He commended Nigerian President Bola Tinubu for the multi-million naira health intervention through the NDDC to the communities and appealed for the establishment of additional primary and secondary health facilities to enhance access.


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