NNPC, TOTAL partner Ogun Govt on malaria elimination

In commemoration of the 2017 edition of the World Malaria Day, TOTAL companies in Nigeria, alongside the Nigeria National Petroleum Company, and in partnership with the Ogun State Ministry of Health, have held community intervention activities that focused on malaria prevention and elimination.

The activities also included a training for community health workers and medical

During the two-day capacity building which held on April 24 and 25 at the Primary Healthcare Centre, Ibara, Abeokuta, the health workers were trained on new discoveries in the fight to end malaria based on the approved ACT treatment for the disease.

World Malaria Day was established by the World Health Organisation in 2008, and is marked every April 25 to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment towards malaria prevention, control and eventual eradication.

Other high points of the activities included the distribution of thousands of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets to residents, while rapid diagnostic testing for malaria and ACT treatment were carried out on pregnant women, nursing mothers, children and other residents that turned out for the exercise.

ACT treatment is the WHO-approved treatment for malaria parasite.

Ogun State First Lady, Mrs. Funsho Amosun, led other dignitaries, including Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye; Executive General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility Medical Total Upstream, Mr. Vincent Nadi; and representative of Group General Manager NAPIMS (NNPC), Mrs. Evelyn Ejidoh, in the distribution of the mosquito nets.

In his keynote address, Mr. Nadi who read a joint statement by the Managing Directors of TOTAL Nigeria Plc and TOTAL Upstream Companies in Nigeria, reiterated the need for collaborative efforts to end malaria; adding that TOTAL is committed to making positive impacts on the lives of all Nigerians as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative.

In his remarks, Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, noted that malaria control requires collaboration between the government and the organised private sector; adding that the strategic target of zero malaria death by 2030 would only be achieved when the private sector partners with government in the fight against the disease.

Meanwhile, the Country Director, Development Africa, an international nongovernmental organisation, Joshua Kempeneer, has called on corporate bodies not to limit their support for the Roll Back Malaria initiative in the country to the World Malaria Day alone, adding that the campaign should be a year-round event if the ultimate goal of eliminating malaria in the country must be achieved.

Source: Punch

May 2, 2017

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