23 May 2012, Sweetcrude, Port – Harcourt – As part of its commitments to the host communities in OML 58, Total E&P Nigeria Limited officially flagged off a two-week mass free health programme at Obite recently. A third week was added as a result of the demand and success of the initiative.
A statement released by the management of the company earlier today disclosed that the free health programme benefitted about 9,000 patients during that period.
In the first two days of the programme of free services provided by a team of doctors, about 1,731 people were attended to. The medical team carried out 75 general surgical procedures; attended to 64 dental cases; rendered 246 optical services with 56 pairs of eye glasses given out and 61 HIV/AIDS tests administered along with counselling, according to Dr. Humphrey Igwacha, Coordinator, Universal Medicare Foundation. These services were provided by the Universal Medicare Foundation in partnership with the NNPC/TEPNG Joint Venture.
Commenting on the programme, TEPNG’s Deputy Managing Director, Port Harcourt District, Mr. Denis Berthelot, said: “This mass free health-care project is essentially to support and strengthen healthcare delivery within the Egi communities during these challenging moments of our operations.”