‘Why Niger Deltans suffer health challenges’

Bisi Olaniyi, Port Harcourt


The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Joi Nunieh, has stated that Niger Delta is persistently faced with health challenges, due to lack of quality healthcare facilities and services to take care of the people of the region. Worst hit, according to the NDDC chief, are the people living in the rural communities, who bear the environmental impact of oil production and related activities. She noted that the federal government’s interventionist agency was discussing with key stakeholders and potential partners on strategies for boosting primary healthcare in the crude oil and gas-rich Niger Delta.

Nunieh, who spoke during a courtesy visit by the President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, at NDDC’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, stressed the importance of extending health facilities and services to the rural communities. She said: “Findings from recent inspections of health…

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