The Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority (PURA) has commended Equinor Tanzania for supporting the implementation of the country’s plan to fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD).
So far, according to the available data, over 1,600 patients suffering from NTD have been treated, thanks to the multinational energy company’s support valued at 424,400 US Dollars.
On Friday, PURA officials visited a special surgery camp at the Sokoine Regional Referral Hospital in Lindi Region where they witnessed the various activities and services rendered to residents.
Speaking to PURA delegates, an official from the Equinor Tanzania Dr Naomi Makota said that surgery camp began on October 2 this year and is expected to last till October 13, 2023.
Elaborating, Dr Naomi said that this year’s campaign intends to reach out 200 patients from Lindi and Mtama councils.
“This becomes the ninth year since the Equinor Company started funding the NTD Program for a successful surgery to patients,” she said.
On his part, Ebeneza Mollel, an official from PURA hailed the programme saying it is a real ‘life changer.’
“I congratulate you for restoring smiles to patients suffering from hydrocele and hernia. We are so impressed by your services,” he noted.