The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) have flagged off the distribution of medical supplies, relief materials and publicity/enlightenment campaign to assist the governments and people of the Niger Delta region in the fight against the novel corona virus disease.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony at the NDDC Warehouse, in Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout, Port Harcourt, the Commission’s Acting Managing Director, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, stated that the intervention of the commission is to provide medical equipments needed to fight the fast spreading virus in the region as most of the already inadequate health facilities in region may be overwhelmed; Adding that the food items were meant to cushion the economic effect of the vulnerable people in the region, urging the committee to ensure that it gets to those who needed them.
He thank the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and the Honorable minister of Niger Delta Affairs for graciously granting the request for the palliatives.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer noted that the Commission was always desirous to support the government and people of the states in the Niger Delta region in the area of quality health care delivery, adding: “The Commission looks forward to strengthening relationship with the states in the region in the area of health care for the good and well-being of the residents.
In his own remarks, the NDDC Executive Director, Projects, Dr. Cairo Ojougbo, said that covid-19 was the most important issue in the world today, noting that the commission had come up with programmes to curb the spread of the virus.
The Chairman of the NDDC Palliative Committee, High Chief Hon. (Amb) Sobomabo Jackrich, described the ceremony as a laudable and historic event, stating: “When you put square pegs in square holes, you should expect good results”. He noted that Members of the Interim Management Committee, IMC, are people that mean well for the region. He further thanked the IMC for finding youths worthy of being involved in the programme.
The Secretary-General of the Traditional Rulers of Oil Minerals Producing Communities in the Niger Delta, TROMPCON, Chief Frank Okurakpor, lauded the NDDC, for coming up with these initiatives described the commission as an auxiliary gear that extricates the people from difficult situations.
He however warned that the NDDC should not be used as a breeding ground for politicians, stating that whoever wanted to vie for any political office, should do so from elsewhere and not from the NDDC.
The Amamgada X11 of Rebisi,,Eze W. Akarolo, commended the NDDC for its development efforts in the Niger Delta and welcomed the intervention of the Commission in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Niger Delta youth leader, Mr Jonathan Lokpobiri, expressed gratitude to President Mohammed Buhari for approving the distribution of palliatives to cushion the effects of COVID-19 on the lives of vulnerable people in the region.
He said: “My appeal to the management of the NDDC is that we should jettison politics and focus on the development of our people”
Other dignitaries at the flag-off ceremony including;
CP, John Mukan, the Commissioner of Police, River State,
Members of the Interim Management Council of the NDDC and
members of the Palliative Distribution Committee.
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Lagos will soon run out of isolation centres – Commissioner
The Lagos State Government has revealed that if the state continues to record over 200 to 300 positive cases on a daily basis, it will soon run out of isolation centers. It added that with the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state, only moderate to severe cases will be managed at the isolation centers while the asymptomatic and mild cases will be managed at home.
n a chat with journalists in the state on Friday, the Commissioner for health, Prof Akin Abayomi insisted the modalities for the community based/home-based care will be defined as to who qualifies to be managed at home and who will be managed at the isolation facility. He noted that if Lagos continues to record over 200 to 300 positive cases on a daily basis, the State will soon run out of isolation centers.
Hence, the need for introducing the home-based care within a week or two. He said the community/home-based management will be introduced to Lagos to reserve the isolation center for the critically ill.
“We will be operating from the primary healthcare centers (PHCs) and that is where we will decide who qualifies to be managed at home or at isolation center. “Part of the condition for being managed at home will be; is the home adequate? “Is the person feeling unwell or having pre-existing medical condition or having difficulty breathing? “The answers to these and more will determine where the person will be treated for COVID-19” The Commissioner stated that though there are plans to recruit more manpower, there are volunteers who are being trained at the moment and will be deployed for the home care management within a week or two. “For the mild/asymptomatic cases who will be managed at home, we will call them, our volunteers/PHC workers deployed for that purpose will visit them, we will ensure they have regular consultation through our telemedicine online care, and we will monitor their progress too. “At the same time, they will be given care packs and medications which includes pain killers and vitamins. “We will also give enough information to the masses on their safety as well as that of their families and neighbors during the home management period.” The health Commissioner further disclosed that there are plans by the state government to increase the capacity of daily test from 1,000 to 3,000 daily He said Lagos has so far done over 22,000 tests, adding that, the more tests are done, the more cases will be recorded, hence the need to quickly plan for more cases.
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