By Chioma Obinna
On this year’s World Malaria Day, itel mobile and Mopheth Pharmacy have urged Lagosians living in the slums to take responsibility for their health even as they offered free malaria treatments to over 1,000 residents of Isale-Akoka Bariga area of Lagos.
They also distributed over 1,500 Insecticide Treated Nets, ITNs, to residents.
Speaking during an enlightenment programme to mark this year’s World Malaria Day, itel’s Marketing Communications Manager, Mr. Oke Umurhohwo who lamented the huge burden of the disease in Nigeria said the day provided opportunity for the company to give support in fighting malaria and contributing its quota to ensuring a relatively healthier society in line with their Corporate Social Responsibility.
“In line with this year’s theme, we are working to bridge the gap in malaria prevention in riverine communities and that is why we decided to partner with Mopheth to sensitise the community on Malaria prevention with the distribution of over 1,500 treated mosquito nets and also provide free medical tests and treatment to members of communities most prone to the disease.”
Addressing the beneficiaries at the Isale-Akoka shanty, the Managing Director of Mopheth Pharmacy, Pharm. Odunola Oyegade said the good health of a nation is predicated on the good health of her citizens especially children.
In his remarks, the Marketing Manager, itel Mobile Nigeria, Marvin Umebiye noted that malaria is one of the major public health problems in Nigeria.
On her part, the Retail Manager for Mopheth Pharmacy, Mrs Origwa Oluremi, said the exercise was strictly designed to educate residents on how to manage the environment and reduce risk factors of malaria. She urged the beneficiaries to clean up their environments and use the insecticide treated mosquito nets.
On his part, elated Baale of Isele-Akoka, Bariga, Chief Oluwasegun Aroye-Wun who described the exercise as awesome, urged other groups and companies to emulate itel Mobile.