At a time when many companies are hiding under the cloak of COVID-19 and difficult economic conditions to shy away from their corporate social responsibilities, TotalEnergies is sustaining the campaign for healthy lives and promoting well being among people living in OML58 Communities.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of 2021 NNPC/TEPNG mass free health programme for OML58 communities at the Erema General Hospital in the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, the Deputy Managing Director of the company, Guillaume Dulout, said the initiative was inspired by the company’s quest to provide access of health care services to the people in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3, adding that, health was essential to sustainable development.
Represented by Dr. Nnamdi Ahiamadu, Manager, Community Relations of TotalEnergies, the Deputy Managing Director explained that the intervention was to enable people live better lives so as to be in a position to enjoy the facilities and infrastructure being provided for them.
He further said that the company remains committed to ensuring a healthy and better life for the people as part of their corporate social responsibility, while calling for peace in the communities in order to creete an enabling environment for development in the area.
Earlier in his address, the Chief Medical Director of Erema General Hospital, Dr. Golden Iwo, had thanked TotalEnergies for the intervention, stressing that the free medical programme will enhance the hospital’s capacity to meet the needs of the people in the area.
In his own remarks on behalf of the facilitators of the programme, Dr. Akabuike Okara lauded TotalEnergies for an excellent record in corporate socil responsibility, while noting that, in the midst of the current global economic crisis, the company was still able to go on with OML 58 annual football event, and the mass free health programme.
Dr. Akabuike, who is the Director, Medical Services at F-Duos Integrated Health Care, explained that the programme was planned for 10 days in partnership with Institute of Human Virology of Nigeria and the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation.
“In the past two and half days of this 2021 Mass Free Health Programme, F-DOUS Medical team has attended to 824 people. About 72 patients have been identified for surgery while 35 of them have already been operated on.
“ Over 250 patients had eye screening for reading glasses, and 94 eye patients given medications for various eye conditions. It is therefore projected that by the end of this mission, over 8000 people would have been treated by the medical team”, Dr. Akabuike Akara projected.
Highlights of the occasion included testimonies by beneficiaries of the programme who thanked TotalEnerigies for coming to their aid. There were also goodwill messages from Egi Women Federation and other stakeholders in the area.