Chevron, partners pump N2.7billion in health sector

Chevron Company, Star Deepwater Petroleum Limited and it’s partners has contributed over N2.7billion to the country’s health infrastructure.

Amongst the partners are Agbami field, including Famfa Oil Limited, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Equinor and Petroleo Brasileiro Nigeria Ltd.

Chevron Nig. Ltd. Medical Director, Dr. Paul Areyenka said at a conference in Abuja that the fund was provided to acquire equipment that would help the nation fight Tuberculosis.

He stated that the fund will be shared to equipped 28 clinics across the country to strengthen the health systems.

“Through the construction and equipping of 28 Chest Clinics across the country, we have contributed to strengthening health systems and supporting the treatment and care of tuberculosis patients in Nigeria.

“The chest clinics were built in close collaboration with the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTLCP) of the Ministry of Health, in existing government hospitals and handed over to the States in which they are located for management,” Areyenka said.

The MD added that the facilities were fully-equipped with standard X-Ray machines, male and female wards, treatment rooms, laboratories, and Gene Xpert Machines.

Areyenka disclosed for over 50 years, Chevron and partners have been supporting Government in strengthening health systems targeting the triad of HIV, Malaria, and Tuberculosis.

Between 2015 – 2017, over 48,000 presumptive tuberculosis cases have been registered in these facilities, with over 11,000 cases detected.

“The chest clinics have contributed to about 3% of the national presumptive TB cases registered and three percent to the National aggregate of TB cases, while the awareness campaigns have reached over 100,000 community folks and tested over 8000 presumptive cases with about 2000 cases detected,” he said.