More than one million persons/individuals from over 50 communities in Nigeria have benefitted from the flagship health intervention programme, Health-in-Motion, of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) since it was introduced in 2010 to Niger Delta communities and across Nigeria.
SPDC disclosed this 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, according to a statement issued on Friday by the Media Relations Manager of the company, 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.
“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.”
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 the 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.”
The statement said that SPDC’s Health in Motion programme delivers a wide range of healthcare services with the assistance of on-site doctors and healthcare professionals.
It added that general health care provided includes 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.
According to the statement, eye care services provided cover 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.