Makers of Mortein insecticide brand, Reckitt Benckiser Nigeria, has partnered the Lagos, Ogun and Abia State governments and the National Malaria Elimination Programme, Abuja, to upscale efforts towards the elimination of malaria in the country.
Speaking at the World Malaria Day event in Abuja, the General Manager, RB West Africa, Mr. Rahul Murgai, said its community engagement initiatives and collaborations were part of the public engagement activities lined up by the organisation to stem the prevalence of disease in Nigeria.
He said, “Our global vision is to have a world where people are healthier and live better. In achieving this, we will continue to make a difference by giving people innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes.
“We know that regular combined interventions of long lasting insecticide nets, larviciding and insecticide use are the solution to achieving a malaria-free Nigeria. Therefore, to protect our children and ourselves from getting sick, the first thing to do is to educate ourselves about prevention.”
Marketing Director, RB West Africa, Leferink Aliza, said the campaign was to educate communities on the importance of hygiene, and proper maintenance of the environment and other sanitary facilities in the prevention of the disease.
According to Aliza, with over 300,000 malaria deaths recorded every year, mostly among children under the age of five, Nigeria is crucial to global efforts to the eradicate the disease.
“Malaria is preventable and we have made it our fight to educate on how to protect the most vulnerable – pregnant women and children and their families against malaria.”
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