EKET – Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN), an operator of the NNPC/MPN Joint Venture, says it spent N50 million to train 355 doctors and nurses on emergency medical services in Akwa Ibom .
The General Manager, Joint Venture Operations, Mr John Arkley, disclosed this on Saturday at the closing ceremony of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training programme in Eket.
He said that the training was part of the joint venture’s community development initiatives aimed at assisting government to provide quality healthcare.
The programme involved doctors and nurses drawn from medical facilities in the four local government areas of Ibeno, Eket, Esit Eket and Onna.
Arkley also said 10 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) were provided for four health facilities in the communities to enable the trainees practise the skills acquired from the training.
He further said an independent medical consultancy to monitor and evaluate the impact of the programme in the various communities had been inaugurated.
Arkley said that plans had been concluded with another medical consultant to conduct free mobile medical services in all the 31 council areas of the state in April.
The Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Health, Mr Ememabasi Bassey, commended the oil company for partnering with the state government.
“It is the hope and plan of Akwa Ibom Government to set up an emergency service that will strengthen health care services in the state,’’ he said.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Ime Ekpeyong, thanked the company for the training and promised to put to use the skills acquired.
The successful participants were awarded American Heart Association certificates. (NAN)