Over 16,000 patients, including pregnant women, children and widows, have benefitted from the free annual medical outreach sponsored by Oriental Energy Resources Limited in Mbo local government area of Akwa Ibom State.
Oriental Energy is an indigenous oil and gas production company that operates offshore Effiat in Mbo.
It produces oil from its Ebok Field, a marginal field farmed out to it in 2007 by the Federal Government from ExxonMobil which discovered the field in 1968.
The five-day health clinic, which began on Tuesday, ended on Saturday at the Ebughu Primary Health Centre in Mbo.
The Managing Director of Oriental Energy, MrMustafa Indimi, explained that the medical outreach attracted beneficiaries from the fiveMbo communities of Effiat, Uda, Udesi, Ebughu and Enwang.
Indimi, who was represented by the Head of Community Relations, Dr Uwem Ite, listed some of the medical ailments treated free during the outreach to include malaria, typhoid, hypertension, eye conditions, infections, diabetes, arthritisand rheumatism.
His words: “The five-day outreach is a demonstration of our long-term commitment towards contributing to sustainable development in Mbo LGA in particular and Akwa Ibom State in general.
“It is also our contribution to the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 which focuses on ensuring healthy lives and promotion of well-being for all at all ages.”
Indimi stated that the main objective of this year’s outreach was to improve health outcomes by addressing unmet needs for various aspects of health-care delivery.
He disclosedthat the company no longer placed limitations on the number of beneficiaries allowed from a particular householddue to the surge in the demand for medical treatment every year which exceeded its initial target of 3,000.
Indimi added that the broad range of medical services provided during the clinic was based on guidelines and approval received from Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health.
Some of the beneficiaries, who reacted, appreciated the management of Oriental Energy for the medical outreachbut appealed that the programme be conducted regularly instead of being an annual event.
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