Succour for Makoko, Shomolu residents as firms donate malaria relief materials
Succour has come the way of Makoko residents, a riverine community in Lagos State, as a health insurance company in Nigeria, Hygeia HMO, donated malaria relief materials to curb endemic malaria in the area.
The donation was in accordance with the world Malaria Day celebration, aimed at fighting malaria in communities with high prevalent rate of the disease.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 241 million new cases of malaria was recorded in 2020, more than half of the 627,000 deaths recorded in 85 countries were in under- five children in sub-Saharan Africa and 31.9 per cent of malaria related deaths are from Nigeria.
Hygeia HMO in a statement, noted that pandemics may come and go, but malaria has remained the deadliest infection for decades.
On the donation, the firm said, their business is hinged on providing quality healthcare to Nigerians, including people in the grassroots, as well as providing education on ways to stay ahead of medical emergencies like malaria.
Additionally, to make quality healthcare even more accessible to Nigerians, Hygeia HMO has introduced the monthly insurance payment option, starting as low as N5,000, with even better benefits and quality service.
Head of Sales, Dr. Babajide Oyeduntan said: “We believe that with the right tools, Malaria can be made a thing of the past in Nigeria; and while we work towards this, we can for now, use materials at our disposal to avoid mosquitoes and malaria.”
SIMILARLY, Children Emergency Relief Foundation (CERF), in conjunction with Fidson HealthCare Plc, has organised a medical outreach in the Shomolu Local Council of the state.
The outreach was held at the Akinwunmi Ambode Primary Health Centre in Shomolu on Monday in commemoration of World Malaria day.
Some of the free tests conducted on the residents include Malaria Rapid, HIV, Covid, blood sugar, blood pressure, body temperature, amongst others, while over 300 beneficiaries received malaria drugs, insecticide treated nets, bags and t-shirts.
Executive Director of CERF, Mrs. Abosede Oyeleye, said the event was to sensitise indigent communities about their health, prevent poor health seeking habits, and bring health support services to their doorstep.
Oyeleye noted that the outreach was held to mitigate the high mortality rate, especially among children below five years, as a result of malaria.