TEPNG Offers Free Health Awareness in Port Harcourt
By Jolly Adjevwe, Port Harcourt
In bid to fulfil its corporate social responsibility to the communities that fall under its jurisdiction of OML58 category, Total Exploration and production multinational oil company have carried out a free health awareness programme for the people of Rumuogba in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
The free health programme tagged “2015 Healthy Living Awareness for host communities” carried out medical tests and educate the people on healthy living, how to prevent some common Diseases physical fitness among others, while members of the communities had the opportunity to be tested for their blood sugar level, HIV/AIDS, hypertension.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Deputy General Managing Director, Port Harcourt District, Mr. Nicolas Brunet said Total E & P was committed to touching the lives of the host communities so as to correspond with the overall objectives of the company. According to him, “To ensure healthy living for staff and families and as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) for our host communities, TEPNG will continue to demonstrate commitment to the comprehensive well being of our communities, the overall objective being to draw attention to very easily overlooked health condition and lifestyles that can deprive us of our wellness and continue to do the sickbay or hospital, sometimes with attended total consequences”
The Deputy General Manager, who was represented by the Senior Advisor Community Affairs, Mr. Charles Edouard noted that the health awareness programme was designed for the company’s host communities in Rivers and Akwa-Ibom States, saying that, “the company had earlier donated drugs and medical consumables to Health centres across communities that fall within the OML58 category”.
He explained that members of the community should endeavor to embrace change of habits and lifestyle in order to promote their overall wellness and healthy living’ pointing out, early identification of signs and symptoms would help people in seeking medical help before they become too late for diagnosis and effective treatment’.
He said further, “This awareness campaign, we hope will engender effective and sustainable lifestyle and habit changes that will help in preventing most medical emergencies and deaths” he added.
Speaking earlier, the tradition ruler of Rumuogba His Royal Highness, Eze Temple Ejekwu, said that Rumuogba is a luck community, being the first host community to benefit from 2015 health awareness programme. In his words, “I call on my subjects to always be conscious of their health status by going for medical test. Many people think they are healthy because they go out and come in, they do not know about their health status”.
Eze Ejekwu commended the oil multinational Total E & P for the health awareness programme and called the people to take advantage of the screening to know their health status and assured that the awareness campaign would be brought to their doorsteps. I will continue to appeal to those who had not participated in the screening to do so”.
He called the TEPNL to make provision for administration of drugs next time they were organizing healthy living awareness programme for the host communities. Among those who benefited from the programme were, children, women, chiefs of the community and the paramount Ruler Eze Ejekwu.