In a bid to eradicate malaria in Oyo State, Total Nigeria has partnered with five oil companies in the country in the distribution of insecticide-treated nets to residents of Ibadan with free tests to over 500 in communities in the state.
The partner companies are the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETRO), CNOOC Nigeria and PETROBRAS Nigeria. This was to meet their corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the launch of its 2018 Malaria Elimination Programme themed, ‘Defeat Malaria’.
The Executive General Manager, CSR, Total Nigeria, Mr Vincent Nnamdi, said Total was intervening because, “We are part of a corporate citizen and we believe we should be part of solving a world problem, malaria, being one of them. So, we are distributing 1,000 nets.”
On how Oniyanrin Primary Healthcare Centre was selected as the venue of distribution, Mr Nnamdi said that they had facilitators, who checked the prevalence of malaria, adding that this was one area that was spotted with a very high rate.
“Although as shown by a report, the incidence of malaria has reduced by 43 percent in the state, it doesn’t remove the fact that a lot of malaria cases are still reported in Ibadan; hence, over 500 people will be tested. Also, there are provisions for further treatment for people who tested positive,” he said.
He said Total’s drive was in line with the National Malaria Strategic Plan (NMSP) 2014-2020, adding that it outlines the key technical and supporting strategies in the ongoing fight against malaria for this period of time. “And Total in Nigeria continues to identify initiatives with the Roll-Back-Malaria Partnership with governments at all levels to fight malaria.
Over the years, Total has carried out annual Malaria Elimination Awareness Campaigns on WMDs in several states such as Lagos, Enugu, Ogun, and the Federal Capital Territory.
In addition to these initiatives, Total and its partners have embarked on institutional capacity development programmes to help in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria among the vulnerable groups – women and children.
Total disclosed its partnership with the Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe state governments in the construction, furnishing and equipping of four Maternal and Child Referral Centres (MCRCs). And it will be replicated in all the geopolitical zones of Nigeria.