Company offers free medical services to oil areas
The operator of the Otakikpo marginal field in OML 11, Green Energy International Ltd supported by its technical partners Lekoil Oil and Gas investment has offered free medical services to 2,000 people in its host communities in Andoni Local government in Rivers state.
Speaking at Ikuru town at the flag-off of the medical campaign in the community, the medical consultant for the programme, Dr Christopher Obiorah said the treatment offered free of any charges include medical diagnosis and examination, free eye treatment and distribution of glasses, dental treatment, deworming of children, and surgery for critical ailments. Also critical drugs and insecticide treated nets were given to the beneficiaries, while food items such as rice and beverages were given to community elders, women, and youths for the yuletide.
He said the outreach involved host communities of the Otakikpo marginal field which are Ikuru town, the principal landlord and other host communities comprising Ayama Ekede, Ugama Ekede, Asuama and Asu Oyet, and neighbouring villages in Andoni Local Government Area.
Obiorah said the surgeries have been most successful with few referrals of emergency cases to University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital.In his remarks, the Director of sustainable development for Green Energy, Mr Ayo Olojede, said the programme, which commenced since 2015 will be sustained as part of the corporate social responsibility of the company for the well being of the citizens of the host communities.
He said the company, which started production from its two wells in February 2017, considers the medical outreach as a critical programme to improve the socio-economic development of the host communities and pledged his company’s support to finance further surgical operations for those referred to the teaching hospital.
The Okanma of Ikuru town, His Majesty Aaron Ikuru who was excited at the medical treatment of his people commended the company for always investing in the wellbeing and development of his people.
While expressing the appreciation of the community to the oil firm, the royal father observed that despite being a marginal field, the company has continued to invest in human development, a critical activity that has been neglected by many oil companies.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Community Trust Fund for the four communities, Mr Gadd Harry said many people who have been under the bondage of ill health have been liberated by the company ‘s gesture.He appealed to the company to rehabilitate abandoned health centres in some of the communities for the sustenance of good health of the people.
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