Total Nigeria, others push for malaria elimination

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Total Nigeria on Thursday joined forces with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to push for prevention and eradication of malaria in the country.

The group said malaria was responsible for 92 percent of death rate in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The organisation said that there was an increase in malaria cases, especially in the Sub-Saharan Africa, describing the situation as “worrisome.”

Its Executive General Manager, Mrs. Bunmi Popoola-Mordi, said these during a sensitisation exercise in Kutunku community, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Thursday.

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The organisation in collaboration with its partners carried out series of intervention activities in the community to ensure prevention and elimination of malaria.

The programme, which held at the Primary Health Center, Kutunku was part of activities to mark this year’s World Malaria Day observed every April 25.

High point of the event included environmental sanitation exercise, house –to- house net hanging exercise, diagnosis testing and treatment of malaria and distribution of thousands of Long-Lasting Insecticide-treated Nets (LLIN) to residents.

She said: “The Sub-Saharan Africa continues to carry a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden, making the region home to 90 per cent of malaria cases and 92 per cent of malaria deaths.

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“That is why Total group in Nigeria is determined to join forces with all stakeholders and other corporate organisations in the push to prevent and eradicate malaria.”

According to her, the selection of the community in the FCT was due to the high prevalence of malaria in the area, adding that its ultimate goal is to ensure a malaria-free environment.

She noted that since the firm launched its malaria elimination programme, it has supported the efforts of the federal government through the donation of 2000 treated mosquito nets, environmental fumigation, clearing of drainages and refuse collection and disposal.

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She advised residents of the community to take personal hygiene seriously by ensuring that their surrounding are kept clean so they would not have any breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying malaria.

High Chief of the community, Mallam Muhammadu Sani commended Total for choosing the community for the intervention programme.

Sani assured the firm that he would work with his cabinet members to ensure that environmental sanitation is carried out in the community on a regular basis.

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