By Davies Iheamnachor
PORT HARCOURT— Communities in Okirika Local Government Area of Rivers State, hosts to Port Harcourt Refining Company, PHRC, have pleaded with the refinery to fund the treatment of cancer, kidney and other terminal diseases in the area.
The communities made the call, yesterday, at Ibuluya, Okirika, when the management of PHRC flagged off its free medical outreach for people of the local government area.
Speaking, Chairman of Joint Community Relations Committee of PHRC in Okirika, Chief Martins Kunimgbe, said that the health outreach was in the right direction, but pleaded with PHRC to also make provisions to fund terminal diseases suffered by people of the communities.
Kunimgbe, who was represented by Abiye Iyo, said: “We thank PHRC for the understanding you have in the Cooperate Social Responsibility. Since you are a Federal Government parastatal like the NDDC, we plead that you help finance the treatment of terminal sicknesses our people suffer from.
“Our people do not have the money to treat cancers, kidney ms and other major surgeries and terminal cases. Such treatments are expensive for us, so since you are here for medical outreach, put that into consideration.
“It is not good that our people who have such problem will go to the television to beg. These sicknesses are not common, but few of the cases need money to fly them outside for treatment.”
Meanwhile, Managing Director of PHRC, Mr. Shehu Malami, has maintained the refinery’s resolve to ensure development and meaningful programmes for its host communities.
Malami, who was represented by the Manager, Health and Safety, Mr Ifeanyi Nwabueze, said that the medical outreach will not only serve as part of its end of year felicitations to the host community, but a right step towards beginning the new year with better health for members of the community.
Malami said: “This Medical outreach is a testament to the commitment of PHRC as a company that is determined to foster mutual and symbiotic relations between us and the host communities. PHRC has not wavered in our commitment to cooperate social responsibility to the community.”