As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility, parties to the Agbami unit operations made up of Star Deep Water Petroleum (a Chevron company), Famfa Oil Limited, Statoil Nigeria Limited, Petroleo Brasileiro Nigeria Limited and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have provided facilities for the Tuberculosis and Leprosy Referral Centre, Eku, Delta State.
Before the intervention by the Agbami Partners, the story of the Tuberculosis and Leprosy Referral Centre was that of crass neglect of both facility and staff. The horrible condition of the signboard of the Centre is the first indication that all is not well with the health institution. Turning to what looks like a farm path, which is actually the road to the clinic at Sanubi-Eku, one wonders whether government still remembers that there is such a facility in the state. At a time, the condition of the Centre was so terrible that it was easy for visitors and patients to be infected with tuberculosis a because of lack of space, equipment and control measures. Consequently workers posted to the centre refused to report for duty; only few devoted ones worked there.
According to the specialist in charge of the Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre, Dr. Alexander Akpodiete, â€œthe Agbami partners, indeed, completed and commissioned the chess clinic in the institution in 2010, furnished with beddings and provided utility items, including hand gloves and face masks.â€ Before the intervention of the Agbami partners, things were simply not functioning in the clinic, as the consulting room was in the administration block due to lack of space and logically, infection control could not be practiced under such situation. This resulted in the spread of infection among health workers and visitors. Dr. Akpodiete, however, said: â€œWhat Chevron did for us gave us a new lease of life, made our work easier and more tolerable.â€ He showed off the facilities provided by the Agbami partners, among them a chest X-ray machine and bio-safety cabinet and a building complex.
In the same vein, Dr. Akingbesote who is in charge of the Tuberculosis Referral Centre, Akure, Ondo State, revealed that the chest clinic managed by the Specialist Hospital, Akure, was built and equipped by Agbami partners of Chevron Nigeria Limited. He said with the equipment provided by Chevron, â€œwe are able to screen, diagnose and carry out other services in the clinic.â€
The Agbami Field is located approximately 70 miles (113 kilometres) offshore Nigeria, and in line with the Deep Offshore Community Affairs Group (DOCAG) engagement principles, the partners view the entire country as the Agbami community. As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility they have been providing chest clinics and tuberculosis referral centres, science laboratories, libraries and scholarships to people across the country
Besides Eku, the Agbami partners have donated over 20 equipped chest clinics and TB referral centres to health institutions in Oshogbo, Osun State; Akure, Ondo State; University of Benue Teaching Hospital, Makurdi, Benue State; Umuahia, Abia State; Ilorin, Kwara State; Igbogene, Bayelsa State; Akwanga, Nassawara State; Ekiti, Ekiti State; Alimosho, Lagos State; Hansenâ€™s Disease Centre, Ogun State; SMOH, General Hospital, Kaduna State; TB and Leprosy Referral Centre, Niger State and Auchi, Edo State.
Source: Vanguard NGR, 22nd April 2015
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