Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has donated 105 cartons of drugs and other heath products to hospitals in Imo State to fight any possible outbreak of Lassa fever and other diseases.
Delivering the products on behalf of the Acting MD/CEO of the Commission, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, the NDDC Director in Imo, Mr Alagbo Jaja, the NDDC boss noted that it was essential that the commission partnered with member states in all areas of difficulty, especially during an epidemic outbreak.
According to her, Lassa Fever has killed several people in the country and has been identified in states like Niger Delta, Rivers and Imo and still counting.
“It is the wish of the NDDC to donate these items to the Imo Government for its use by health workers in the state to assist the present efforts in the fight to prevent the further spread of this deadly fever in the state.
“Today, we are donating and flagging off 1500 PPEs, 200 Sanitizer Kits and various IEC materials for use in Imo State to assist in fighting this deadly disease,” she said.
She said the partnership with NDDC states is a healthy one which would dovetail to a robust synergy for development and offer lasting solution to the socio economic difficulties of the people of the region.
Speaking, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Imo Government, Engr. Kingsley Uju who received the items on behalf of the state government, commended NDDC for the gesture which he said was geared towards improving the health conditions of people of the state.
He assured the commission that the drugs would be distributed as designed to the end users and urged medical personnel in the state to support the health policies of the present administration as well as be committed in the field of health care delivery.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Health, Women Affairs and Social Development, Barr. (Mrs) Ngozi Njoku, had expressed gratitude to the commission for its continuous support the member states and urged it not to relent.
She recalled that the commission had donated a mammography machine to a general hospital in Oguta and helped in the treatment of over 3,000 patients in the state.
The health commissioner thanked the commission for identifying with the present government which she said has health as one of its priorities adding that the gesture was geared towards providing quality healthcare delivery in the state.
Among the drugs and items donated were: 1500 Lassa fever Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), 200 sanitizers, various Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials, Pediatric Zinc Sulphate, and Chifox.
Others included; Hismal, Artemether 20mg amd Lumefantrine 120 mg, Jawaron blood capsules, Julisil, Jugly tablets and Paracetamol tablets 500mg.

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