Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Equatorial Guinea, Marathon Oil Collaborate to Improve Healthcare Infrastructure

The government of Equatorial Guinea has partnered with Marathon Oil Corporation to renovate the infrastructure of the Hospital of Malabo, including installing new air conditioning units, doors and windows and renovating the electrical installation.

Marathon Oil Corporation also presented a community health project last month to refurbish the Hospital of Malabo’s emergency room. The project was approved by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

“Health encourages hope for the creation of a better future,” said Richard Biller, Marathon Oil representative, on the importance of community health projects.  Armando Rompao, Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy representative, expressed his appreciation to Marathon Oil for its continuous support toward the development of Equatorial Guinea. 

Equatorial Guinea has made vast improvements in the country’s healthcare system. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported last year that Equatorial Guinea and Botswana were leading Africa in per capita investments in health care. Equatorial Guinea has also provided technical assistance to the local United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to improve the effectiveness of its assistance program and has implemented a host of health programs geared toward improving the health of Equatorial Guineans. Basic health indicators such as rates of infant and child mortality have been improving steadily in the country, and the government is widely recognized for its efforts to eradicate malaria.

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has donated USD$1.5 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support research for global health.