In a ceremony at Otu-Jeremi Primary Health Centre, Ughelli-South Local Government Area on Monday, 25th March, 2013, the Management of Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC) handed over eight (8) clinics to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited (NPDC).
The clinics are Egbo-Igbide Health Centre and Erhoike Cottage Hospital in OML 30; Otu-Jeremi Primary Health Centre, Okpare Primary Health Centre, Effurun-Ottor Primary Health Centre and Ekakpame Primary Health Centre in OML 34. Others are Ellu Health Centre in OML 26 and Omadino Cottage Hospital in OML 42.
Giving an opening remark on behalf of the Permanent Secretary in charge of Health Matters in Delta State, the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital Management Board, Dr. Francis Nwachokor expressed the hope that the excelling standards set by the former Management, SPDC in maintaining the eight facilities would be continued and improved upon by the NPDC.
He boasted that children in the eight communities are leading healthy lifestyles because of the availability of the health facilities in all the eight communities and urged NPDC to continue to better the lives of members of all the eight communities in like manner.
Also speaking, the Regional, Health Manager, SPDC, Dr. Femi Oduyemi said that the company had in the past three months worked with the NNPC team to enable the latter get acquainted with the working terrain in the eight Health Centres spread across the five divested assets to NPDC adding that the gesture has gone a long way to strengthen relationships between the duo and with the affected communities.
Dr. Oduyemi also said that the commitment to save the lives of mothers and children is paramount in all engagements and should be sustained by the in-coming management. He attributed the neatness of the hospital environment and its organized management structure to SPDC’s belief in quality and standard which he opined will benefit all stakeholders if maintained and sustained.
He also rallied for support and cooperation from the eight communities saying: “It is my hope that the partners and communities will surely accord the NPDC the support we enjoyed in the past years”.
Speaking on behalf of the NNPC team led by the Group General Manager of the NNPC Group Medical Services, Dr. Edwin Bako, the Managing Director of NPDC, Mr. Iyuwona Briggs who was represented by the Manager, Community Relations Department, Mr. Bruno Sobotie announced that no member of staff on the Hospital Management Pay roll would lose his job.
The MD also assured members of the eight communities that NPDC as a responsible company would surpass the standards set by its predecessors by extending its sustainability programmes from the technical aspects to the health aspect. He added: “this is because health is wealth and in NPDC we value the lives of our respected community members”.
Mr. Iyowuna also drummed for support from the communities even as he mentioned that the company was ready to embark on formal engagements of all the Health Centres.
Highlight of the event was a symbolic hand over of the health Centers at Otu-Jeremi Health Centre to NPDC after a three-month facility tour of the eight Health Centres by the NPDC, SPDC, Delta State and Local Governments Representatives. The event was also garnished with a performance by Urhobo Traditional Dances troupe.