April 20, 2013: Lagos, Nigeria: Determined to help the people in Edo and Delta States who play host to its operation, to enjoy good health, NPDC/SEPLAT have commenced the 2013 edition of the free eye health programme tagged Seplat Eye Can See CSR initiative.
The eye sight correction/ restoration programme is an extension of SEPLAT’s Corporate Social Investment initiatives and continuing community engagement platforms which focus on bringing high quality health care to company’s host and impact communities.
SEPLAT is the operator of the NPDC / SEPLAT Joint venture Assets, OML 4, 38 and 41.
The programme comes on the heels of the NPDC/SEPLAT’s maternal health care project, SEPLAT SAFE MOTHERHOOD, which provided first-rate health services and counselling service to pregnant women including the distribution ofpregnancy kit bags and insecticide treated nets to them.
Speaking on the initiative, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Limited, Mr. Austin Avuru, said the project is part of the company’s yearly CSI programmes and its objective is to make quality health care accessible to people in Delta and Edo States, particularly those in our host communities.
According to him, good eye health and eye care are crucial to preserving excellent vision and protecting overall health because eyes are the “gateway to your soul, and can influence or reveal common or serious health problems — such as diabetes and hypertension amongst other commonly associated health problems”.
During the programme, medical experts, including opticians / ophthalmologists and consultants will conduct free eye screening, correction and restoration surgeries (cataract) and counselling as well as distribute free reading glasses and treatment of eye related diseases like Diabetes and hypertension in carefully selected centers across many communities in the two states.
Additionally, the patients will be educated on how to detect Cataracts and Glaucoma and provided post-surgery intervention and drugs.
The medical consultants will be supported by the Delta State branch of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) comprising medical doctors, Laboratory attendants, Nurses and Pharmacists.
SEPLAT implements many corporate social investment and community development programmes yearly in the communities where it operates in line with its objectives of building, maintaining and enhancing mutually beneficial relationships with its host communities and partners.