The acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development
Commission, NDDC, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, has promised that the agency will
provide ventilators and oxygen as part of its contribution to the fight against
He said they would intervene to protect the people of Niger
Delta from the dreaded disease.
Speaking at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt on
Tuesday, Pondei said as an interventionist agency, the commission would
collaborate with other stakeholders in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said, “We have started looking at different isolation
points in the nine states of the Niger Delta region. We are interacting with
the states to find out what is on the ground and we are taking stock of the ventilators
and oxygen in health facilities across the region.”
Pondei said the treatment of the disease was not limited to
drugs, but included the ability to make sure that the patients were able to
breathe properly and this should be done using ventilators.
Pondei said, “This morning we found that there are about 500
ventilators in the entire country. We are exploring avenues to see if we could
intervene in providing ventilators. Similarly, oxygen is difficult to procure
in the country.
“The Federal Government through the ministry of health has a
policy on oxygen, which has not been disseminated very well. There are very few
oxygen production plants in the country and some of the existing ones have
actually broken down. But the provision of oxygen is key to the treatment.”