Determined to arrest the high incidence of maternal mortality in the country, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc recently concluded the 2016 edition of the SEPLAT Safe Motherhood Programme in Sapele, Delta State.
The corporate social investment programme ran for two weeks in the host and impact communities of the NPDC / SEPLAT Joint Venture Assets, in Delta and Edo States.
The SEPLAT Safe Motherhood first introduced in 2011 has gained wide popularity and acceptance due to its outstanding success rate and impact on expectant and nursing mothers resident in the communities.
Speaking at the flag-off of this year’s programme, General Manager External Affairs and Communications of SEPLAT, Dr. Chioma Nwachuku, said the objective of the SEPLAT Safe Motherhood programme “is to promote safe delivery for pregnant women and young mothers in the company’s operating communities,” before adding that “every woman deserves a safe birth experience.”
She explained that the programme is in alignment with the Nigerian independent operator’s values of safety (safety of life and property) and partnership with its host communities.
As part of the two-week programme, Seplat also collaborated with the Delta State branch of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) and the Planned Parenthood Federation to educate expectant and young mothers aboutdanger signs during pregnancy and delivery, care of the childas well as the benefits of child spacing.
Facilitators at the training explained that these benefits include higher survival rate of children, healthier children and mothers, better bonding of infant and mother, parents’ ability to care of their children as well as better and more fulfilling quality of life.
Dignitaries at the formal opening of the programme includedNgozi Aiken who represented the Delta State Commissioner for Oil and Gas, while his counterpart in Edo State was represented by Prince Uhumuamure.
Other dignitaries present included Dr M.I. Oseji, Permanent Secretary in the Delta State Ministry of Health, President of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria Delta State chapter, Dr B. Agbonle and the Chairman, Okpe LGA Prince G. E. Ejinyere
In her remarks at the end of the event, Mrs Oghogho Osazuwa of the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) described SEPLAT JV CSR programmes as pacesetting and urged beneficiaries to take the lessons learnt to heart for their good and the benefit of their families.