Total performs free surgeries, healthcare in Nigeria’s communities
More than 1,321 patients in Eastern Obolo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have benefitted from a free healthcare programme that included surgeries sponsored by Total E&P Nigeria Ltd.
The programme which was held at the Okoroete General Hospital was carried out in partnership with the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health, from Monday, January 25, 2016 to Friday, January 29, 2016.
“Total is a socially responsible company and believes in the universal saying that ‘a healthy people make a wealthy nation,’ said Mr. Nicolas Brunet, Deputy Managing Director, Port Harcourt District
Explaining further he said, “this belief has propelled us to sustain the noble efforts of the NNPC/Total E&P Joint Venture to reach out to the critical needs of our people and support both preventive and curative healthcare delivery policies and programme despite the challenging business environment and falling crude oil prices”.
Mr. Brunet was represented by the Deputy General Manager, Community Affairs, Mr. Iduoku IZU, who disclosed that the projects had helped a lot of individuals and families who could not afford the cost of healthcare in clinics and hospitals, especially against the backdrop of current challenges facing public healthcare delivery in the communities.
The Chairman, Eastern Obolo Traditional Rulers Council, Chief Job, Commended Total for considering the Eastern Obolo Community in the free Health programme and also lauded the company for its sustainable development programmes.
Similarly, beneficiaries of the programme expressed happiness at the initiative and said it had undoubtedly improved the wellbeing of the members of the communities.
The medical team attended to about 1,321 cases, including 34 surgical procedures, 323 paediatrics, 305 ophthalmic services and 51 ante-natal cases amongst others.