THE Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has donated food items and hospital equipment to Imo State Government to help fight the scourge of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, who presented the items to the state government on Tuesday in Owerri, the state capital said the commission was aware of the socio-economic challenges posed by the pandemic.
Items donated include 1,078 bags of rice, 305 bags of beans, 288 bags of garri, 1,941 cartons of noddles, 95 cans (25 litres) of palm oil.
The hospital equipment include 2,200 examination gloves, 600 cartoons of syringes, infrared thermometers, six oxygen masks, ventilators, six intensive care unity (ICU) beds and sanitary materials, among others.
A director in NDDC, Tony Okanne, who represented the Acting Managing Director, explained why the commission has committed funds to aid the fight against the disease across the region.
He said that the programme fell under the commission’s Emergency Support for Health and Social Programme and that the major constraint in the active fight against the dreaded virus was the generally poor state of health facilities in the country.
According to him, the donation was part of the NDDC’s way of assisting the state government in the fight against the pandemic.
He said: “It is helping to initiate sensitisation and campaign on the prevention and transmission of coronavirus disease in the region.”
Adding that the commission, as an interventionist agency, also has the mandate to intervene in the health sector by ensuring the well-being of Niger Delta residents, he noted: “NDDC is desirous, at all times, to support the government and people of the Niger Delta region in the area of quality health care delivery.”
The State governor’s Chief of Staff, Mr Nnamdi Anyaehie, after receiving the items on behalf of the state government, thanked the NDDC for the gesture and promised that the items would used in line with the efforts of the government to contend the effects of the disease in the state.
He also sought for the continued support from the commission in the policies and programmes of the state government.