BY Dayo Johnson, Akure
AS part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSP), oil giant, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), distributed drugs and insecticide treated mosquito nets to over 2,000 pregnant and nursing mothers in the oil rich communities in Ondo State.
Drugs distributed in Igbokoda area of the state include 3,000doses of artemisinin based therapy and 4,000 doses of sulphadoxine and the internal residual spraying of over 1,000 houses in the communities.
Speaking during the ceremony, the General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA), Deji Haastrup, said the company will continue to promote healthy living.
Haastrup said the company believes that good health holds the key to the society sustainable development.
According to him, report from global health organisation had showed that Nigeria has a high malaria prevalence rate with 11percent of maternal death caused by attacks and 60percent of out-patient visits and 30percent of hospitalisations in the country are malaria related.
He added that the focus of the intervention was to address a key health delivery area- malaria in pregnancy MIP-which is responsible for 11percent of maternal death and child health disease conditions such as abortion, miscarriage, pre-term deliveries and low birth weight.
Speaking through PGPA Superintendent in Warri, Mr Trust Iningba, Haastrup said the programme also involved training of health workers and community people on how to offer baseline prevention and treatment of malaria.
Ondo State Health Commissioner, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, said government had distributed over 1.6million treated nets to houses in the state.
Adeyanju added that over 800,000 doses of malaria drugs have been distributed to health centres across the state.The wife of the state governor, Mrs Olukemi Mimiko, lauded the complementary role of the company in promoting healthy living amongst the people of the state especially the womenfolk. Mrs Mimiko appealed to the company to create an empowerment programme for women in the state.