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  • Updated: June 16, 2023

Seplat, NNPC E&P Scheme Provide Eye Treatment To 96,000 People In Edo, Delta

Seplat, NNPC E&P Scheme Provide Eye Treatment To 96,000 Peop

The management of Seplat Energy JV, in collaboration with the NNPC E&P, said on Friday that over the previous 12 years, 96,000 individuals had benefited from its eye care programmes in Edo and Delta areas.

Dr Chioma Afe, Director of External Affairs & Sustainability at Seplat Energy, said this during the launch of the company's 2023 eye care campaign, dubbed EYE CAN SEE, in Benin.

The EYE CAN SEE campaign, according to Afe, is part of the company's Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) to its host communities in Edo and Delta states, and will operate for one month in 13 different sites spanning 90 villages.

She also revealed that the corporation had distributed around 45,000 spectacles to persons with vision impairments under the project, and that 4,218 eye procedures had been conducted.

“Yesterday, we were able to perform eye surgery for 21 patients and another 35 people have been scheduled for surgery in about a day or two.

“The programme is designed to provide eye care, visual and surgical treatment for cataract and other eye problems among members of our host communities in Edo and Delta.

“Beyond the eye surgery and treatment, we also carry out lectures to ensure total wellbeing of our host community members in line with the sustainable development goal three (SDG3) which is good health and wellbeing.

“When our doctors screen, we find out that there are underlying conditions like hypertension, and diabetes and we take time to educate them on how to manage their health.

“The EYE CAN SEE programme is a platform where we manage and refer patients living with hypertension and diabetes. These are underlying conditions that lead to eye problems.

“The programme seeks to provide free optical treatment to all ages and gender, including free reading glasses and treatment of all eye diseases we observe in a patient,” Afe said.

Also addressing, Effiong Okon, Director of New Energy at Seplat, stated that Seplat Energy JV has made a difference in the lives of its host communities.

“In last 12 years, we have been in business. The company has never been invaded or shut down by any community where we operate. This is because of the good relationship that exists between Seplat and its host communities.

“The programme is one of our investments in health sectors of the two states and Seplat is committed to sustaining the programme to ensure the wellbeing of our host communities.”

In his remarks, Ali Zarah, Managing Director of the NNPC E&P, thanked residents of its host communities for their years of support and reaffirmed unwavering commitment towards Edo's human and capital development.

Zarah was represented by Emily Ajakaye, Deputy Manager, Community Relations, NNPC E&P, who stated, "It is our pleasure as an organisation, in partnership with SEPLAT, to roll out the "EYE CAN SEE" optical care programme for our communities."

“This programme is designed to provide free Eye Care, Visual aid and Surgical treatment for Cataract, Glaucoma and other eye diseases within the NNPC E&P Limited/SEPLAT operational communities.

“We have partnered with highly reputable medical practitioners, who have proven themselves in the field of optical care to deploy this programme over the years,” Zarah said.

“Today marks the kick-off of the programme for the year which will be extended to our host communities.”

On behalf of all the villages, the Oba of Benin, Oba Eware II, was represented by Chief Stanley Obamwonyi, who commended the management of Seplat Energy JV and the NNPC E&P. 

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