The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, in collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has deepened rural health drive in its host communities.
This was done at the National Youth Service Corps Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers with the donation of cartons of drugs to the body in Elekahia, Port Harcourt, recently.
Speaking during the event, Mr. Jay McCoskey, the Chief Executive Officer, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, said that “Part of our mission as an electricity distribution company is to ignite socio-economic growth and empower the future of our stakeholders, including rural dwellers.
“It is on this strength that we appreciate the efforts of the NYSC in general and the flag off of Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) in Rivers State.”
The CEO, who was represented by the Chief People Officer, Mobolaji Ajani, applauded the initiative of the NYSC to provide access to sustainable health care, through diversity and innovation amongst rural community dwellers of the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers, (HIRD).
He urged the community to take good advantage of this intervention and encouraged other well-meaning Nigerians and corporate bodies to offer support to this course.
He said, “From the PHED Management, we offer these essential drugs made of Antihypertensive, Anti Malaria, Anti Infective, Anadelsic, Antacid, Haematinics, Hypoglucemic and Consumables, as part of our support to the NYSC HIRD. We wish you all the very best of intervention for our rural communities.”
Activities which took place during the programme included, Lectures on Breast Cancer, prostate Gland, Diabetes Mellitus, HIV and others.
Consultation, medical tests and administration of drugs were done on members of the community.
Speaking to the residence of the Elekahia Community, the Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Rivers State, Mrs. Ngozi Nwatarali (ND) said that the programme is aimed at providing affordable and timely healthcare for rural dwellers that lack access to basic amenities.
According to her, “the programme began last year at the Ozuoba community and it is currently taking place all through the Federation,” adding that after the flag off Ceremony, other rural communities in Rivers State would also benefit from the programme.