DENNIS UDOMA, Uyo
Communities in Eastern Obolo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have continued to benefit from mass free medical services, with over 2000 patients diagnosed and treated of various sicknesses including surgical operations, courtesy of NNPC/TEPNG, Port-Harcourt.
The life saving medical outreach, which began on Monday, January 25, was rounded off Friday, January 29, 2016 at the General Hospital, Okoroete and is the third in the series, in furtherance of Total E&P’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for host communities in Akwa Ibom.
Deputy Managing Director, Total E&P, Port-Harcourt District, Mr. Nicolas Brunet, at the opening ceremony of the exercise on Monday, re-iterated the company’s commitment to ensuring sustainable health for both staffers and their families and extended same intervention programmes to host communities.
Mr. Brunet, who was represented by the Deputy General Manager, Community Affairs, Evang. Izu Iduoku, corroborated the universal believe that, “a healthy people make a wealthy nation” and expressed the vision of the company to sustain the noble effort of the joint venture to reach out to the critical needs of the people in both preventive and curative health care delivery, despite the challenging economic climate and falling crude oil prices.
He said, statistics indicate that over 2000 patients have been attended to. The breakdown of the figures, he said, is: 493 outpatient cases including 96 pediatrics, 92 Ophthalmology and 31 ante-natal cases while more than 17 patients went through successful surgeries and 26 are awaiting surgery.
Mr. Brunet maintained that, the free medical services has helped families who could not afford the exorbitant health care cost in private clinics as he hoped residents of the communities would avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the programme.
He thanked NNPC, the Akwa Ibom state government’s ministry of health and the management and staff of Okoroete General Hospital for providing the platform for effective collaboration and cooperation as well as medical personnel, youths, the Local Government Chairman and chiefs from the host communities for their roles in ensuring a successful implementation of the exercise.
Secretary, Eastern Obolo traditional rulers council, Chief M.W. Ojile, while demanding more social infrastructural assistance and scholarships for the indigenes of the area, appreciated Total E&P for the health care programme.
Managing Director, Diabetes Care Response Initiative in Nigeria, Dr. Agada Samson in his goodwill message thanked its sponsors, Total, for providing the opportunity to improve on the well being of the people of Eastern Obolo. He also thanked the people for their massive turnout noting that, Diabetes Care Initiative during the free health care programme, treated more than 1000 patients with hypertension, diabetes, eye problems etc as well as those requiring surgeries, and commended the host communities for providing a peaceful atmosphere for the exercise.
Youth representative for the area, Mr. Chris Brandy also commended Total E&P for their goodwill to the people against the current price crisis facing oil companies and assured the company of their cooperation for the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the communities.