Equatorial Guinea, Marathon Oil Collaborate To Improve Healthcare Infrastructure

Sep 04, 2013, 12:44 ET from Republic of Equatorial Guinea

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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.

About Equatorial Guinea
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (República de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. ="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50152514@N07/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.

SOURCE Republic of Equatorial Guinea