01 December 2015, Lagos – As part of measures to promote malaria prevention, social moblilisation as well as checkmate the menace of malaria in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos state and environs, Chevron Nigeria Ltd., and its senior partner, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, have deployed a Roll Back Malaria programme as a means of creating awareness and education of at risk groups.
Speaking during the official launch weekend, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said the programme would be coordinated by the ministry and implemented by the Primary Health care Board and Africare.
Idris, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Health care Board, Dr Olukayode Oguntimehin, said the role of the Organised Private Sector could not be overemphasized in ensuring malaria control even as the Lagos State government remains committed to continuing with malaria elimination programme especially the Integrated Vector Management.
Commending the gesture by Chevron and its affiliates, Idris said the state government was intensifying implementation of its strategic malaria elimination interventions in line with the National Malaria Starategic Plan 2014-2020.
Regretting the high prevalence of malaria and its threat to good health, the General Manager, Policy, Governance and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Ltd., Mr. Deji Haastrup, explained that the rationale behind the initiative was to focus on education of the general populace on prevention strategies as the key to malaria prevention and eradication.
Haastrup, who was represented by the Coordinator, Corporate Responsibility and National Programmes, Mr. Sunday Okegbemiro, said the RBM programme involves training of health workers and community people on baseline prevention and treatment of malaria, prevention strategies (including use of LLINs and chemoprophylaxis for pregnant women), conduct of baseline mapping assessment on the health structures, providers and facility based baseline malaria data review.
He said this year, NNPC/Chevron Nigeria Ltd was back to the LGA once again to deploy the malaria programme launched years ago because of the belief that good health holds the vital keys to sustainable developemt.