Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has commended Chevron Nigeria Limited for donating medical equipment worth millions of naira to Delta state government to boost healthcare delivery in the state.
Chevronâ€™s Managing Director, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Mr. Deji Haastrup, who made the donation yesterday in Asaba, pointed out that the medical equipment should be used to upgrade services in health institutions in the state.
Items donated are; 150 cartons of examination gloves, 150 non contact thermometers, 200 goggles, 40 disposable facemasks, 300 plastic buckets, 300 plastic receptacle, 100 footwear boots and 500 disposable aprons.
Other items are four LCD television sets, 10 elbow length gloves, 2 motorised bed, 1500 disposable dupont cover tyvek and 8 wheel chairs.
Hasstrup said the donations were a part of the Joint Ventureâ€™s social investments in the area of health for the benefit of Deltans
Haastrup who was represented government Affairs Adviser , Mr. Dan Agbofode, said the gestures was aimed at â€œdemonstrating our support for the government in its efforts to provide qualitative Medicare for the peopleâ€.
â€œYou will recall that we were here on September 18 this year to present a Ford Transit ambulance to the State Government also in support to this cause.
â€œChevron believes that good health holds the vital keys to the sustainable development of any society. This donation of medical goods is part of our social investments in the area of health for the benefit of the country.
â€œWe have partnered with the State government to implement various health program including the Roll Back Malaria, Mass deworming of school children and donation of essential drugs to some hospitals.
â€œWe have also provided funds for the development of four (4) cottage hospitals in some communities through Regional Development Committees (RDCs) under our Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) with the relevant communities.
â€œAlso, in partnership with the State Government, we launched the River boat Clinic (a mobile health service) in 2001 to serve communities along the Escravos and Benin rivers. The boat equipped with a full complement of medical supplies and personnel has continued to visit the riverine areas where treatment is delivered at no cost to local communities.
â€œThe floating clinic has helped thousands of patients in those communities. As at October 2014, the River Boat clinic, for this year, has directly benefitted over 25,000 people in 14 communitiesâ€™ who received treatment for various illnesses. This figure includes children less than five years who were immunised against killer diseases.”
He explained that in 2010 and 2011, Star Deepwater Petroleum Limited (a Chevron company) and its Agbami partners handed over to Delta State government a chest clinic donated to the Tuberculosis and Leprosy Referral Center Eku, and a Science laboratory donated to Zikâ€™s Senior Secondary School Sapele, respectively.
He commend the Federal Ministry of Health, Delta State Ministry of Health, the Port Health Authorities and the Aviation Ministry, who have continued to sustain efforts in eradicating communicable diseases in Nigeriaâ€, he said.
Governor Uduaghan while receiving the donated items commended the noble gesture of Chevron Nigeria Limited for the donation of medical equipment
Uduaghan who was represented by the Commissioner for Health , Dr. Joseph Otumara noted that the provision of medical equipment in public hospital was a big and too expensive venture to be left with the government alone hence the donation of the medical equipment by Chevron Nigeria Limited should be appreciated against that background adding that the both the private and the government collaborate in this regard.
Expressing optimism that the donated items would be judiciously utilised, he assured that his government would continue to collaborate effectively with all partners to achieve positive results in the health care delivery system and thus improve the life expectancy of all Nigerians.