IEI-Anchor Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) is set to sensitise its contributors on Hepatitis and other health issues, as part of its corporate social responsibility(CSR). This, according to the PFA, was its modest way to give back to the society which the company has gained so much from. Speaking on this development, its managing director/CEO, Mr. Glory Etaduovie, promised that his PFA would champion a course of periodic health checks as well as public enlightenment on Hepatitis. “For our Customer Service Week, we will be engaging our customers in health lectures as well as checks to ascertain their health status in relation to this dreaded ailment. We realise that this silent killer can only make incursions into a nation’s health system where ignorance is ingrained,” he stressed.
The company’s CSR drive, he said, has seen the development of a plan of action to address the issue of Hepatitis, which has become a major public health concern, as it is responsible for needless loss of lives in Nigeria, especially in recent times. He disclosed that Hepatitis was one of the ‘silent killers’, with a record of about 5 million deaths annually, noting that, Nigeria had one of the highest prevalence of hepatitis b infections in the world in 2016. “It is quite disheartening to note that while deaths attributed to other diseases of great public concern are on the decline, the same cannot be said about viral hepatitis which seems to witness a steady rise in fatalities despite advances made in prevention and treatment,” he said.
Stating that the situation was made even more worrisome considering the limited number of health facilities as well as experts who have to contend with the large number of patients, considering the population and size of our country, he added that patients who detect these infections early enough however have a greater chance of survival which is the thrust of IEI Anchor Pensions position in this fight. He said the firm sees its customers as major stakeholders in its operations and success story, he added that IEI-Anchor sees its customers as partners in the growth and development of the pension industry with the economic benefits it presents to the nation.