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CSR: Eko Disco Partners Arrive Alive On Free Healthcare For Residents

LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA - The management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) Plc has partnered with Arrive Alive and Labakcare organisation on``Stay Alive’’ free healthcare check  service for residents of Surulere community.

Godwin Idemudia, General Manager, Corporate Communications, who represented the company in Lagos at the media briefing to kick-start the programme said the gesture was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in given back to the society.

Godwin Idemudia argued that the management decided to support the free healthcare check service delivery to the community as part of its corporate obligations in ensuring its valued customers and Nigerians ``Stay Alive’ to tell the story.

According to Godwin Idemudia: "This is part of the initiative and good area the management decided to invest and which is basically for the poor people around its network area. 

"It’s not about people paying their bills or services rendered but also give back no matter how small back to the society and areas where we operate as a corporate organisation.

"This has to do with the management passion for good healthcare and wellbeing of Nigerians and the less privileged citizens.

"The company has a very good track record of corporate social initiatives. Our Corporate Social Responsibility is driven by a vision to be an exemplary corporate citizen. 

"We believe in the well-being of the people and communities where we do business.’’ 

Godwin Idemudia posited that that the company, as part of its EKEDC’s CSR initiatives, had partnered with many orphanages and engaged in a daily school feeding programme for students of the Anglican Girls' Primary School in Lagos.

Godwin Idemudia revealed that the company assisted the  Ikoyi Prisons by supplying relief materials to inmates and also with sports and youths development.

Godwin Idemudia said: "One of our beneficiaries just won the just concluded squash competition in Abeokuta. 

"We have a sponsored tennis tournament at Ikoyi club.

“Lagos Waste Management Agency, Wayref Foundation once benefitted from our CSR and we have initiated a partnership with Nigerian Immigration Service.

"We also donated  computers and IT equipment to WAYREF, which is a women-based school  and also a graduate trainee programme was designed to accommodate females who have shown competence, drive and passion for the job among others.’’ 

Dr. Samuel Keshinro, Stay Alive project Consultant and Consultant Pathologist noted that the project was to give free health check service delivery to resident of Surulere, adding that Healthcare in Nigeria had to be improved and supported.

Dr. Samuel Keshinro suggested that the project which is tainted towards giving back to communities through CSR, would attend to 1,000 residents residing in Surulre on a daily bases.

Dr. Samuel Keshinro revealed that over  N50 million had been invested to the project.

Dr. Samuel Keshinro said: "Stay Alive’’ project is an initiative of Labakcare Organisation and Arrive Alive Diagnostics and Imaging Services Ltd., and fully supported by Eko Electricity Distribution Company and VFD MicroFinance Bank.

"Stay Alive! is a community-oriented free health programme focused on preventive care and screening for common ailments within our environment. 

"This project will be manned by local and international healthcare professionals who will be on ground to screen and/or treat medical conditions like hypertension, diabetes, eye conditions, malaria, worm infestation, nutritional deficiencies, common cancers of the cervix, breast and prostate and many more. 

"The project also aims to improve the health status of the underserved by offering focused health talks, as well as distribution of food, vitamin supplements, reading glasses and baby delivery kits to the pregnant women.  

"As you will notice, this laudable project also underscores the multi-sectorial collaboration in corporate social responsibility culminating in bringing together great minds for a common cause.’’ 

The  free healthcare service exercise will hold  on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m to 4pm at Arrive and Alive Diagnosis Hospital in 35, Cole Street, Surulere.

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