- Reiterates Government’s Commitment To Efficient Health Care Delivery
Governor Emmanuel of Delta State at the weekend flagged off the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) free health care scheme, reiterating his administration’s commitment to efficient health care delivery system in the state.
The governor while flagging off the free health care scheme for Ndokwa nation at Ashaka in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state maintained that DESOPADEC as an interventionist agency was set up by the state government to address the needs of oil bearing communities in the state.
Dr. Uduaghan who was represented by the commissioner in charge of DESOPADEC, Mr. Timi Tonye said the free health care was targeted at the rural populace, adding that health care should be taken directly to the people because health is wealth.
In his address, the commissioner representing Ndokwa ethnic nationality at the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Rev.Chukwudi Eke said the free health care scheme was in line with the human capital development of the state government. He called on the people of the area to avail them of the DESOPADEC free health care scheme so as to address their health challenges.
He said the scheme which will cover free medical treatment for surgery, dental examinations, eyes surgery, provision of glasses, HIV/AIDS counseling and screening, maternal scan, diabetes screening, ear examination/hearing screening, and was aimed at bringing health care delivery closer to the rural populace who could not afford medical bills especially after the effect of the flood that ravaged the area last year.
According to him, the scheme which will cover all the communities in his mandate area will last for one week, adding that a team comprising 26 medical personnel from University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and Federal Medical Centre, Asaba (FMC) and led by Chief Consultant, UBTH, Dr. Dr. Collins Iyamu would attend to the patients
In his remarks, the Transition Committee Chairman, Ndokwa East Local Government Area, Hon. Alex Aniche commended Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, DESOPADEC and Rev. Chukwudi Eke for the free health care scheme.
In an interview, beneficiaries of the scheme which witnessed a massive turnout of people, thanked Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, DESOPADEC and Rev. Chukwudi Eke for positively touching their lives, saying that they had never had it so good.