In commemoration of the world malaria day, Ikeja Electric has donated over 3,000 mosquito nets to women and children across Lagos state, to increase awareness on how to tackle the tropical disease that is easily the biggest killer in Nigeria and many African countries.

The world Malaria Day, WMD, held at different locations under the company’s Business Units, which includes: Ikeja Business Unit, Abule Egba Business Unit, Shomolu Business Unit, Ikorodu Business Unit, Oshodi Business Unit and Akowonjo Business Unit in Igando.

The company in collaboration commemorated the 2018 World Malaria Day themed ‘Ready to Beat Malaria’ by donating thousands of insecticide-treated nets to communities within its coverage while staff of the company also sensitized people in the communities on ways to prevent malaria.

Mrs. Fali Adesanya, a trader and mother of three in Papa Community in Epe commended Ikeja Electric for providing the insecticide-treated nets for her family.

She said:” This gift as a blessing that she had anticipated especially to protect her new babies.

Also commending Ikeja Electric for the donations, HRM, Oba Babatunde Ogunlaja (JP), Aladeshonyi of Noforija Kingdom Oba said: “This initiative demonstrates the commitment of Ikeja Electric to the welfare of people in our communities. I recall that in those days our parents depended on mosquito nets as preventive measures rather than drugs.

“In some rural areas people do not even know what is called drugs, what they depend on is nets and that is very practical. As they say, prevention is better than cure. On behalf of the people I thank the management and staff of Ikeja Electric for deeming it appropriate to extend this initiative to Epe people. I am ready to work with you on such initiative.”

In similar vein, HRM, Oba Kamorudeen Animashaun, the Oloja of Epe Land, Arolugbade Elepe II said: “Ikeja Electric came at the right time. We are in the rainy season when mosquitoes are usually everywhere due to rain. We appreciate your company for coming to our community with this idea.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2016, 216 million malaria cases were recorded of which 445000 died in Africa. It said the global response to malaria is at a crossroads. After an unprecedented period of success in malaria control, progress has stalled.

Globally, the WMD is commemorated annually on 25 April and it recognizes global efforts to control malaria.

Disclaimer

Comments expressed here do not reflect the opinions of vanguard newspapers or any employee thereof.