Up to 21 indegenes from host communities of Seplat energy have regained their sights after undergoing surgeries through the company’s ‘eye can see’ programme held in Benin City, Edo State capital.
The Director, External Affairs and Sustainability of the company, Mrs. Chioma Afe, disclosed that the exercise “is aimed at promoting healthy life and well being at all ages in line with the Sustainability Development Goals 3”.
Chioma also said the programme target all ages and gender, adding that it ensures provision of eye care, visual and surgical treatment for cataract and other eye problems “among members of our host communities in Edo and Delta States”.
The official who disclosed that the scheme is in partnership with NNPC exploration and Production Limited (NNPC E & P) said it also provide a platform for managing and referring patients living with hypertension and diabetics.
According to her, “since the inception of this programme in 2012, it had been over a decade of impacts and directly, we have screened over 96,000 patients in our communities in Edo and Delta States.
“We have given reading glasses to over 45,000 people, and have performed 4,218 surgeries in the last four years.
“And, we are excited that yesterday we were able to operate on 21 patients successfully.
“This programme is set to run for one month and by the grace of God, every surgery will be successful. 13 centres would be set up in about 90 communities in Edo and States,” Chioma stated.
Representative of Oba of Benin, Chief Stanley Obamwonyi, lauded the company for the initiative.