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SPDC partners Imo Govt. to provide free healthcare for rural dwellers






Owerri, June 10, 2019 The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in partnership with the Imo Government on Monday flagged off a five-day free medical outreach in Assa North – Ohaji South Access Community Care programme.

Ovwigho said the outreach, which is a part of the Assa North – Ohaji South Gas Development Project, targeted five communities including Umuapu, Obiti, Avu, Obosima and Ohuba.

The SPDC’s Assa North Gas Development Project is a major momentum to the domestic gas aspiration of the Federal Government for increased power generation and industrialisation.

Addressing the beneficiaries, Mr Igo Weli, General Manager, External Relations, SPDC, said the project, which started over a decade ago, was intended to support government’s efforts and take quality medical services to host communities.

Weli, who was represented by the company’s Interface Manager, Mr Ayodeji Adeleke, said the SPDC was interested in reducing the burden of healthcare management in rural communities orchestrated by poverty and ignorance.

“It also aims to take integrated quality medical services to the doorsteps of people in communities where we operate ranging from health promotion, prevention and curative health services.

“Since inception of the program in 2008, we have reached 644,608 persons from over 150 communities across the Niger Delta.

In a goodwill message, Mrs Victoria Dike, Secretary, Imo Primary Health Care Development Commission, described the outreach as a “big package”.

“We want the local dwellers to spread the gospel of this programme and take full advantage of it in the next five days,’’ she said.

“We sincerely appreciate the efforts of the SPDC. This exercise shows that we are recognised in the world; we cannot but ask for more,’’ he said.

Some of the beneficiaries, Mrs Anaesthesia Enyinnaya and Mrs Georgina Ndiukwu, both farmers, expressed delight over the outreach.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the services provided included provision of insecticide treated mosquito nets, counselling and health screening, treatment of cardiovascular diseases, breast and cervical cancer, dental screening and eye care and de-worming of children.