No fewer than 1,500 residents of coastal communities in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State on Wednesday benefitted from the NNPCL/Chevron joint venture free medical outreach, with drugs and other materials worth over N15 million.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that residents of Eke-Itiola, Beku, Ogungbeje, Igo, Ebinwon, Jinrinwo and Ilepete, among others, benefitted from the outreach organised by the Amalgamation of Ilaje-Ugbo Coastal Communities Development and Coastal Communities Development Committee (AMAICOMMA CCDC).
The medical outreach was also facilitated by a non-governmental organisation, Women’s Right Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), in collaboration with Jokunbod Tunyat and Associates.
The AMAICOMMA CCDC Chairman, Mr Abel Wole-Ogungbeje, while flagging off the outreach, lauded the quality of medical doctors, test kits, medicines provided for the programme.
While thanking the NNPCL/Chevron for sponsoring the outreach, Wole-Ogungbeje also praised the residents for coming out for the outreach which, he said, had given them an opportunity to be screened, counselled and given appropriate drugs.
The Coordinator of WRAPA, Mrs Edna Eyiwunmi-Ohunayo, said that doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory scientists and other medical attendants were deployed for the free medical outreach.
She said that the coastal residents including children, women and the aged, were screened for common illnesses such as malaria, typhoid, hypertension and diabetes.
“Medical experts in various fields were deployed, several cases were diagnosed, especially malaria and typhoid, and appropriate drugs were dispensed while necessary referrals were made.
“We tested them for high blood pressure and blood sugar; we also distributed insecticide-treated mosquito nets to pregnant women and nursing mothers, diapers for children, sanitary pads for ladies.
She added that instant treatment for identified health challenges were made,” she said.
Chief Nathaniel Ogunsemoore, Baale (Head) of Eke-Itiola Community, said that the outreach was of immense medical benefits to the members of the communities.
“We thank the medical team for efforts on our people, I thank AMAICOMMA for fast-tracking this programme, I also thank the oil giants for bankrolling the outreach,” he said.
NAN reports that AMAICOMMA is a community-based organisation established under the Offshore Memorandum of Understanding to bring succour to coastal oil communities through initiation of various programmes and projects sponsored by Chevron.