The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Chevron Joint Venture, have taken the roll back malaria campaign to Ogbe-Ijoh, Koko and villages in Warri South and Warri North local government areas of Delta State.
The exercise, which was held last week in communities around its operations in the Niger Delta region, was carried out in partnership with Africare.
The programme involved enlightenment on malaria prevention, malaria testing/treatment, distribution of insecticide treated nets and sensitisation on the use of the nets, as well as indoor residual spray in different houses in the communities.
It was aimed at providing support for malaria prevention including health promotion activities that would significantly reduce the prevalence of the diseases and bring benefits to the population.
The chairman of Warri South-West Local Government Area, who was represented by the Supervisory Councillor for Education, Mr Kingsley Esimaje, thanked the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture and its partners for deploying the programme in Ogbe-Ijoh, stressing the need to eradicate malaria scourge from the society, especially in the riverine areas.
He pledged the support of the local government in ensuring the smooth implementation of the programme and called on the traditional rulers and the people to support the programme facilitators to achieve their objectives.
In his remarks at the event in Koko, the chairman, Warri North Local Government Area, Evangenlist David Edun, who was represented by the Supervisory Councilor for Environment, Mr Nelson Egbe, commended the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture for the programme and emphasised that malaria was the most common disease in Nigeria and in Delta State which needs collaborative efforts by all to eradicate.
“Chevron is a good company that loves and cares for the people and we implore you to keep up the good work in Delta State and in the society at large,” he stated.
Earlier, the Country Director, Africare, Dr Orode Doherty thanked NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture for giving the organisation the privilege to facilitate the programme in Delta State.
She explained that Africa’s malaria projects cover the entire Niger Delta with a combined catchment population of over 21 million, adding that the activities include supporting the primary health centres with supplies to ensure prompt adequate malaria diagnosis and treatment.
The well-attended events were witnessed by representatives of the local government councils, the traditional institutions, Africare, Society for Family Health, community men, women and children who turned out in large numbers for malaria testing and treatment.