Yemie Adeoye 29 August 2013, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Market women and residents of Lagos Island East local Government Area in Lagos State turned up for free health checks and blood screening in events marking “SWN & Me Day” by the Shell Women Network recently.
More than 200 market women and residents of the local government area received free annual medical insurance and 125 eye glasses even as medical personnel conducted checkups and tests on long queues of beneficiaries.
“Today, we’re demonstrating our commitment to the health and wellbeing of not only our staff but our neighbours and communities,” said Managing Director, Shell Closed Pension Fund Administrator, Yemisi Ayeni, as she welcomed guests. “We also urge you to always know your medical status as this will enable you to better manage your health.”
The well attended programme featured interactive lecture sessions on different type’s cancer, by Professor Ketiku, Head of Oncology Unit, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, and Hypertension/Diabetes, by Dr. Ahmed Balogun, Head of Endocrinology/Medical Director of the Lagos General Hospital, while Dr Emokpae, Medical Director of Massy Children’s Hospital, Lagos spoke on Asthma and Household Emergencies.
SPDC’s GM Gas Ubaka Emelumadu, thanked the doctors for their participation in the awareness sessions. “The quality of information shared and the response from participants is indicative of the fact that these diseases can be defeated because knowledge is power.”
In her remarks, Head Nurse, Lagos Island East Local Government Area Mrs Adebisi said: “This is a laudable programme which is aligned to the health policy of the Lagos State Government and we’re pleased to support it.”
”I am so happy; not only did I get free medical examination, I also have free brand new glasses, I feel like a new woman,” a beaming beneficiary enthused.
The Shell Women’s Network is the umbrella body for all women that work in the various Shell companies in Nigeria. The network sponsored the SWN & Me Day initiative as part of their support for the companies’ social responsibility efforts.