Seplat Offers Free Treatment In 90 Edo, Delta Communities

Oil firm, Seplat Energy has announced the commencement and provision of free eye treatment and other healthcare services to 90 communities in Edo and Delta states.

The company’s incoming director of external affairs and sustainability, Mrs Chioma Afe, who announced this at this year’s, “Eye Can See,” programme which climaxed at the Oba of Benin palace in Benin City, added that 13 centres were designated to ensure that the communities within its operational areas are captured in the exercise.

She said the programme was designed to ensure provision of eyesight through operation of cataracts, free eyeglasses and lectures to teach people how to manage their health, including diabetes.

Afe said Seplat Energy as a responsible corporate citizen, has through the programme which commenced in 2012, treated over 96,000 people in its operational areas.

Besides, Afe stated that the company has through the programme which is for all ages, carried out eye surgeries on 4,218 patients and given out 45, 000 free eyeglasses to others since the exercise began.

In his remarks, Seplat new energy director, Mr Effiong Okon, disclosed that Edo remains one of the company’s strategic states in business, assuring that the health programme would be sustained as long as the business continues.

“In Seplat, we are purpose-driven, we are here to serve. We have put down purposeful structure to ensure that the programme continues for a very long time”, he said.

On his part, the managing director of NNPC Exploration and Production who was represented by Mrs Emily Ajakaye, pledged continued collaboration with Seplat in the execution of the healthcare programme.

Commending Seplat Energy, the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare ll, represented by Chief Stanley Obamwonyi, noted that his subjects who benefitted from the programme were greatly relieved. He therefore, praised the company and urged it not to relent in mounting subsequent programmes.

In her speech, one of the beneficiaries of the cataract surgeries, Mrs Maria Aigbedo, commended Seplat for the programme saying: “I am very happy for what the company has done for us. But for Seplat, I would not have been able to get the finance to carry out eye surgery. I thank the Oba and everybody.”


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