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FROM INSIDE ELEME NEWS PAPER

Elano Commences 2nd Phase of Free Healthcare Scheme
By Paul Enokela

The Board chairman of Elano Investments Limited, Chief Gomba Okanje, has reiterated the commitment of Elano towards service delivery to bring the needed development to the people.
In an interview, the Elano boss disclosed that the second phase of the Elano free medical health care programme has been signed for continuity.
He said Elano has recorded a huge success from the first phase of the Free Medical Healthcare rendered to the members of the host communities of Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited. He said beneficiaries have enjoyed zero charge on all medical services rendered from over eleven (11) specialist hospitals registered through the Health Management Organisation to give health care to the people. He specifically mentioned pregnant women who he said now have challenges in accessing quality medical attention during delivery which often leads to complication and miscarriage and now many of them have qualitative medical attention including those who gave birth through cesarean section (CS) free of charge sponsored by Elano Investments Limited.
Okanje equally stated that no amount of distraction or unfounded opposition will stop Elano Investments Limited from carrying out its community development duties. He noted that aside huge impact in the health sector where over 1000 families have accessed free medical services, other segments like education, infrastructure and security will continue to receive attention. He urged the communities to remain calm and go about their normal business as Elano Investments Limited will continue to impact positively on the lives of the people.
Okanje urged the people to always participate in Elano programmes and activities and stay away from mischief makers who don't have good intention for the people.
He maintained that the second phase of the health programme will incorporate more family above the number captured in the first phase of the progamme.
The chairman, Committee on Health, Elano Investments Limited, Hon. Fineman Olungwe, in an interview with Inside Eleme, maintained that the Free Medical Healthcare programme has recorded a lot of good testimonies in the past one year. He said the scheme has a direct bearing on the lives of the people as many of them now live healthy due to unlimited access to the free healthcare initiative. While giving a record of those who have directly benefitted from the scheme, he said over 6000 persons have visited their accredited hospitals for medical attention. “For the first one year that just rounded off, we have 1,030 families which comprises of father, mother and four children. Our contract with our health providers, the Health Management Organisation (HMO) elapsed on 31st March, so we have renewed the contract for another one year”, he stated.

He reiterated that all the necessary measures are being put in place to make sure the second phase work effectively. He said the free healthcare system will be up-dated to house more families to boost the number of beneficiaries in the scheme. He hinted that a revalidation exercise will be carried out to access and adequately compute all former beneficiaries and to create slots for new ones. While narrating some of the challenges faced during the first phase of the programme, he said some persons not originally captured in the scheme are cloning the medical cards just to access the free health care programme. He cautioned all those falsifying the medical hospital cards to desist from it and to watch out to be enlisted for the second phase of the programme. He reiterated that the medical facilities are within the reach of the people for ease of access.
The Zonal Manager for South/South Zone of the Prohealth Health Management Organisation, Mrs. Amaka Emodi in an interview described the Elano free health programme as a very successful scheme that has impacted positively on the lives of the people. She said since the signing of the deal for the past one year, the inhabitants of the host communities to Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited, has received quality health care services. She said many have been liberated from ailment that would have cost them their lives.
While mentioning the numbers of patients received daily at the over eleven (11) medical facilities registered for the health scheme, she said: “People have seen that with their cards, they can just walk into a medical facility and get free health treatment with drugs”. She noted that some of the challenges encountered in the first phase of the programme include inconsistency in the family names, and poor attitude on the part of patients when accessing the health facilities. She said the Prohealth HMO will embark on massive sensitization exercise to enlighten the people on the basic knowledge needed to participated effectively and get the desired benefit. She equally thanked Elano Investments Limited for giving sound health care system to their people.
The Head of Operations and Medical Services for Prohealth Health Management Organisation, South South/North East zone, Dr. Oboidhe Blessing in an interview said many surgeries have been successfully done on patients with chronic health challenges demanding such operations. He equally mentioned the testimonies of multiple cesarean sections (CS) carried out on pregnant women. “For major surgery, we have performed prostatectomy, done by specialist neurologist, performed at Clean Spring Hospital”, he disclosed.
Dr. Blessing said the free health care system equally encompasses dental and eye services. “We're had some series of tooth extractions, both surgical and simple extractions. We also had cataract surgical for those with eye problems, it was done at Vision Eye Care Specialist Centre in Port Harcourt. For middle age group, we have had appendectomy and for old women we have had contraception. For other medical illness, we have covered hypertension, diabetes mellitus, sickle cell anemia, chronic diseases like asthma and other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases”, he stated.

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