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Mortein, FG, Ogun State Join Forces To ‘Fight To End Malaria’

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According to the United Nations for Child Mortality Education, 91,250 children under the age of five die of malaria each year, 60 percent of people who visit the hospital are diagnosed with malaria and four out of five people are at risk of contracting malaria in Nigeria.

In continuation of its fight against Malaria and as part of activities marking this year’s World Malaria Day, Reckitt Nigeria, makers of Mortein insecticide Brand, has Introduced it’s “Mortein Fight to End Malaria” campaign, and joined forces with the Ogun State Government and the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), to support in the education and awareness of malaria prevention in Nigeria. The partnership with Ogun State was announced at a joint press briefing by the Ogun State Ministry of Health and Reckitt to commemorate the 2021 World Malaria Day (WMD) held at the State Ministry of Health in Abeokuta.

As part of the partnership with Ogun State, this year’s drive to eliminate malaria would be achieved through several platforms, on-ground market and community engagement activities as well as digital education and radio engagement. Going forward, the partnership would evolve to include various other initiatives including sustained efforts through malaria programmes in schools.

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Speaking at the press briefing in Ogun State, Marketing Director of Reckitt Nigeria, Tanzim Rezwan said community engagement and collaborations are part of numerous purpose driven initiatives by Mortein to stem the prevalence of malaria scourge in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. “At Reckitt, we’re driven by our purpose; to protect, heal and nurture in the relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. Mortein as a leading global insecticide brand, works on a mission to enable and empower our consumers with knowledge and expert solutions to rid themselves of diseases such as malaria spree by not only giving world class products to consumers but also driving awareness on preventive measures.”

Commissioner for Health, Ogun State, Tomi Coker, represented by Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Ayinde Adesanya expressed appreciation to all to ensure that proven interventions are deployed towards Malaria elimination in the state. “I wish to appreciate the assistance rendered by our partners, especially Reckitt, makers of Mortein insecticide and donor agencies and I call for the support and cooperation of all and sundry to ensure that all aspects of malaria elimination programmes are addressed and are well funded for the benefit of all and particularly children and pregnant mothers.”

Mortein also joined the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) for WMD activities in a social media campaign to sensitize the general public on malaria prevention and testing. Mortein is also looking forward to work out a sustainable campaign in future to drive the partnership with more actions towards ‘Fight to end Malaria’ in Nigeria.

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