Chevron Partners Ondo Govt on malariaThe oil producing giant, Chevron Nigeria limited (CNL) continued its Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership with the Ondo State Government last week with sponsorship of malaria treatment for pregnant women, nursing mother and children under five years of age at Igbokoda, the headquarters of Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.
'The event, which was well attended by vulnerable people in the local government, was the third in the series of the company's inletvention in RBM in partnership with Ondo State Government and Africare. Speaking at the event, the Manager, Policy; Government and Public Affairs (PGPA) CNL, Mr Deji Haastrup said the company in 2009, presented drugs and long lasting insecticides treated mosquito nets to the General Hospital, Igbokoda and llaje Regional Development Committees (IROC) as part of its efforts to support the government. Haastrup who was represented the Chevron PGPA Superintendent, Warri, Mr Trust Inimgba also said the co.gtpany in 2011 at the same Igbokoda launched the implementation of a full complement of RBM with derivable, including donation of 2,500 doses of Artemisinin -based Therapy (ACTS) and 4,000 doses of Sulphadoxine as well as Internal Residual Spraying (IRS)of 1,000 houses in the community. Haastrup, lamented that Nigeria has high prevalence of malaria, adding that reports had revealed. that 11 per cent of maternal deaths are caused by malaria attacks and that 60 per cent of outpatient visit and 30 per cent of hospitalisations in the country are malaria related.
He said even with these reports, Chevron believes malaria is preventable and it can be treaded noting that the belief made the company to partner relevant organisations and state governments to. deploy RBM in various parts of the country as part of the firm' health initiatives. Haastrup said the focus of the intervention was to address a key health delivery area of Malaria in Pregnancy (MIP) because it is responsible for 11 per cent of maternal death, other maternal and child health disease conditions as abortion, miscarriage, pre-term deliveries a and IDW birth weight The current intervention, the manager said involves training health workers and community people on how to offer baseline prevention and treatment of malaria distribution of Preventive Treatment and Artemisinin-based drugs, Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets (LLITN) to the health facilities in communities close to the firm's operations and llaje Local Government Area.
While stating that the programme had not ended with the third phase the manager urged, those who benefitted from the various trainings to implement what they have learnt in their communities so that they can effectively check the menace of malaria in their communities. The manager sued for peace among the people of communities in its operation areas in order to ensure effective discharge of the company's Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR)
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