Star Deepwaters donates chest clinic to Akwa Ibom hospital
The Director of the company, Jeffrey Ewing made this disclosure at Immanuel General Hospital Eket, in Akwa Ibom state, during the commissioning and handing over ceremony of the 25th Chest Clinic to the hospital.
Represented by Sam Okoye, he explained that the company’s partners – Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Famfa Oil limited, Statoil Nigeria Limited and Petroleo Brasileiro Nigeria Limited], ventured into building Chest Clinic in the areas where tuberculosis disease is found to be endemic.“The completion of the Chest Clinic is a demonstration of the long-term commitment the partners have in the upgrading standard of facilities in Nigerian hospitals; it would also interest you to know that we have implemented awareness programme on HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases in several communities across the six-geo political zones in the country. Medications were also made available to the people of affected communities”, he said.
The Director explained that since 2004 when the Agbami came on-stream, Star Deepwater and its Co-Venturers have consistently strive towards enhancing the development of Nigeria capacities and capabilities in the oil and gas industry.
This he said, is aimed at impacting maximally on the country’s economy, adding that, “These deliberate efforts have resulted in employment generation, higher local contractor’s participation in the design and fabrication of facilities for the project and training”.
The Chest Clinic fully equipped with standard X-Ray machine, male and female wards, treatment rooms, laboratories and Gene Xpert machine.
Speaking at the ceremony, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel called on the Federal and State governments to re-strategize so as to face the emerging drug resistant strains of tuberculosis to treatment.
Represented by the state commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, he noted that, despite great strides achieved in controlling and possible elimination of the disease by using the anti-drug therapy, tuberculosis is known as a chronic and debilitating disease.