Over 3,000 Ogoni indigenes have benefited from the free medical outreach organised by the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, (HYPREP).The HYPREP Coordinator, Dr. Marvin Dekil, said the health outreach was significant to the clean up exercise in Ogoniland.
He stated this in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, while flagging off the second phase of the project’s free medical outreach.He said the first medical intervention in four Local Government Areas of Ogoniland in December last year was successful as many who had agonised under painful but treatable medical conditions due to limited access to health facilities and lack of finances were treated by the medical team.
He noted that, the success of the outreach made President Muhammad Buhari who is concerned about health condition of Ogoni people due to the degradation of their environment by oil exploration to approve another round of medical intervention to reach more people.He disclosed that the medical team would be in each local Government Area for four days for consultations, dental, eye care and general services.
According to Dekil, “This second edition of the HYPREP health outreach programme is so important as it precedes the remediation of impacted sites. As a project, we assure that the remediation of Ogoniland will be done only by experienced and best hands locally and internationally so as to achieve the desired results of restoring the environment back to an acceptable standard”
“While this medical outreach is going on, we are gearing up for the provisions of potable water through reconstruction of existing water facilities in the land and construction of new ones to fill supply gaps in the communities,” he added
Dekil disclosed that HYPREP would soon launch livelihoods intervention programmes to give new set if skills to Ogoni women and youths to enable them create wealth for themselves, their families and communities.
On his part, the President for the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, (MOSOP), Legborsi Pygbara, described the medical outreach as a welcome development, adding that it is expedient for the clean up exercise.
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