From left: Dr. Mrs. Aziemeola Pius Egelege, Permanent Secretary Rives State Ministry of Health; Dame Mrs Chinyeru Agbara, Vice Chairman, Obio/Akpor LGA, Rivers State; HRH. Eze Sunny Weli-Chukwu, Paramount Ruler Nyewe Eli Elelenwo-Etor; Mr. Igo Weli, Director and Head Corporate Relations SPDC; Chief Barr. Mike Ejims, Chairman Elelenwo HCDT; Dr. Akinwumi Fajola, Health Manager, Community Health SPDC and Ven. Azubuike Ugoha, Anglican Church Elelenwo at the flag-off of comprehensive Health-in-Motion programme at Model Primary Healthcare Centre, Elelenwo in Obio/Akpor LGA, Rivers State… recently.
By Emeka Ugwuanyi
More than one million persons/individuals from over 50 communities in Nigeria have benefitted from energy giant, Shell’s flagship health intervention programme, Health-in-Motion since it was introduced in 2010 to Niger Delta communities and across Nigeria. The company revealed this recently at the venue of a three-day Health-in-motion programme held for people in Elelenwo Community, in Obio Akpor Local Government Council of Rivers State.
In a statement by the Media Relations Manager, Abimbola Essien-Nelson, the Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), and Head, Corporate Relations Department of the company, Mr. Igo Weli, said, “The Health-in-Motion programme is Shell’s health intervention programme that provides free comprehensive medical services to people where they live and work.”
He said, “Health-In-Motion is a mobile community health outreach programme that takes free medical services to communities across the Niger Delta and to other parts of the country. In the programme, we are offering health care services ranging from promotional to preventive and curative care. We hope that, by doing so, we will be able to support the Rivers State Government’s efforts at all levels to provide accessible healthcare to the people.”
Better health and well-being improve life outcomes and strengthen families, educational attainment, and business opportunities, Weli said.
Rivers State Commissioner of Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Adaeze Oreh (represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. (Mrs.) Aziemeola Egelege Pius) commended the success of the health programme and requested its extension to the 22 local government areas of the state.
Also, Vice Chairman of Obio Akpor LG Council, Mrs. Chinyeru Agbara said the programme would boost the efforts of the council to provide healthcare in the area. The paramount ruler of Elelenwo community, Eze Sunny Weli Chukwu (JP) who led the Council of Chiefs and community leaders, described the launch of the health programme as “an epoch-making event that would help satisfy the healthcare needs of the teeming populace.”
SPDC’s Health in Motion programme delivers a wide range of health care services with the assistance of on-site doctors and healthcare professionals. General health care provided include cardiovascular screening services, consultations and treatment of mild and chronic diseases, laboratory services, pharmaceutical services, dental care, deworming, and breast and cervical cancer screening for early detection and access to care including thermal oblation, mammogram, and pap smear. Also, eye care services provided covers comprehensive eye screening including visual acuity and refraction, ophthalmic consultations and treatment, prescription of reading glasses, and surgical care for cataract and pterygium surgeries with post-surgical follow-up.