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Shell Offers Free Health Care To 610,000 In Niger

On Wednesday, at the opening ceremony of a Community Healthcare Programme at Onopa in Yenagoa, Bayelsa; the General Manager, External Relations at SPDC Mr Igo Weli, said

“In the past eight years, the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) says no fewer than 610,000 people in Niger Delta have benefitted from its free health administration.”

Mr Igo Weli, who was represented by Mr Wakil Layiwola, a Manager at the External Relations Department of SPDC, mentioned that the oil firm understands that a healthy population will result to a productive labourforce.

The programme took quality free healthcare services to the doorsteps of benefitting communities where it operated, he said.

“The Community Care Programme was introduced over a decade ago in the Niger Delta and has since reached thousands of people across Nigeria with its free medical health component tagged ‘Health-in-Motion’.

“We are passionate about health and safety and remain committed to extending this to the people in the communities where we operate.

“We uphold a maxim of we care in our business and believe that healthy citizenry leads to a productive population that strengthens the economy and wealth of a nation,” Weli said.

Paramount Ruler in Onopa settlement, Chief Samuel Morrison, Spoke at the event, applauding the oil firm for the health administration and asked SPDC to equip the Onopa Health Centre built by the Bayelsa government for the people’s benefit.

Aside from the construction of the building, there were neither equipment nor personnel at the health centre, urging the Bayelsa Ministry of Health to deploy health workers to Onopa; The monarch said.

Dr Ongowari Torunana, the representative of the Commissioner of Health in the event, Prof Ebitimi Etebu, promised to table the request for health personnel before the Health Ministry.

On behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Jane Dou; speaking expressed gratitude to the company, noting that the insecticide treated nets distributed in the settlement behind the Epie creek would keep malaria at bay.

“We were screened for cervical/breast cancers, including cryotherapy treatments, blood pressure, blood sugar levels and heart diseases.

“Dental care and eye tests, including reading glasses and drugs were dispensed as required while laboratory testing for HIV and malaria, as well as treatment of chronic and minor ailments are available,” Dou said.

Based on report, in the 3-day event; more than 1,000 persons including children, women and adults have so far received medical attention.


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