Wife of the governor of Lagos State, Bolanle Ambode, has urged Lagosians and Nigerians in general, to be more concerned with preventing rather than curing malaria infection.
She gave the charge in Oregun, HOFOWEM office, when her pet project, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative HOFOWEM, distributed over 3000 insecticide-treated nets, at Makoko community, Yaba LCDA, as part of activities to mark 2018 World Malaria Day.
Mrs. Ambode described as unacceptable, a situation where a child dies every two minutes from malaria around the world, and an alarming global average of 400,000 deaths annually, according to WHO accounts.
CEO., Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Oyefunke Olayinka (r); supported by Chairman, Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Kayode Omiyale (2nd left) & his wife, Kemi (L), to make symbolic presentation to one of the residents, Mama Janet, when HOFOWEM (a pet project of the wife of the governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode) distributed of over 3000 insecticide-treated nets to Makoko residents, as part of activities to mark the 2018 World Malaria Day, at Yaba, on Wednesday, 25th April, 2018.
She submitted that efforts should be geared towards a robust prevention of the scourge, with wide-spread use of nets, in-door spraying with insecticide and preventive treatment of expectant mothers.
According to her, a�?We cannot fold our arms and allow malaria to continue to ravage our society. This epidemic has claimed too many lives, whether in our country, Africa or the world in general. Thank God it is not a disease without prevention or cure, and since it has both, the easier way out is to prevent ita��.
a�?The World Health Organization tells us that more than 400,000 malaria deaths still occur annually, and at least one child dies of the infection every two minutes around the world, this is bad enough. It cannot go on this way, we need to scale down the ugly trend, by doing more to prevent rather than chase after cure.a��
She noted further that the theme for this year, a�?End Malaria for Gooda�� was attainable, if governments, NGOs, stakeholders and individuals, worked together to combat the epidemic.
CEO., Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Oyefunke Olayinka (6thright); Chairman, Yaba Local Governent, Hon. Kayode Adejare Omiyale (m) & his wife, Kemi (6th left); and residents of Makoko Community,when HOFOWEM (a pet project of the wife of the governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode) distributed of over 3000 insecticide-treated nets to residents of the community, as part of activities to mark 2018 World Malaria Day, at Yaba, on Wednesday, 25th April, 2018.
She specifically appealed for more investment in malaria prevention, as well as greater funding for malaria control in endemic countries, stressing that this would aid the attainment of WHOa��s Global Technical Strategy for Malaria projection of 40 per cent reduction in cases and deaths by 2020.
Speaking further, she said, a�?HOFOWEM as foundation, is concerned about the welfare and health of the family. The family cannot be productive if it is plagued with one of the fastest killers in medical history. This is why we are advocating for the use of treated insecticide nets, proper disposal of waste and a clean environment generally.a�?
The governora��s wife expressed happiness at the gradual improvement in public awareness on malaria issue as indicated by peoplea��s warm acceptance of the nets, noting however, that public education and enlightenment must go on and the programme extended to other communities in the state.
Addressing the community members, the chairman of Yaba Local Council Development Area, Hon. Kayode Omiyale, thanked the founder of HOFOWEM foundation, for celebrating 2018 world malaria day with the community and counseled Makoko residents to ensure the insecticide distributed is used for the purpose for which it was given.
He appealed that their environment should be kept clean at all times to avoid breeding mosquitoes, and that personal and community hygiene should be taken as a priority.
Also speaking, the chief executive officer of HOFOWEM, Mrs. Olayinka Oyefunke, thanked the founder for approving the purchase and mass distribution of the nets, stressing that it was in line with HOFOWEMa��s philosophy of touching peoplea��s lives.
CEO., Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Oyefunke Olayinka (2ndright); supported byChairman, Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Kayode Omiyale (3rd left) & his wife, Kemi (2ndleft), to make symbolic presentation to one of the Chiefs of Makoko Community, Alhaji Ibraheem Aladetan (3rd right), when HOFOWEM (a pet project of the wife of the governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode) distributed of over 3000 insecticide-treated nets to Makoko residents, as part of activities to mark the 2018 World Malaria Day, at Yaba, on Wednesday, 25th April, 2018.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Alhaji Ibraheem Aladetan, the bale of Ilaje-Makoko community thanked the founder of HOFOWEM for her care, promising on behalf of others, that their homes and immediate surroundings would always be kept clean, since mosquitoes breed more in a filthy environment, and that the insecticide net would be used for the purpose for which it was given.
April 25th every year is World Malaria Day, set aside since 2007 to recognize global efforts at controlling malaria, provide education on the scourge and spread information on control strategies in endemic areas across the world.
Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.)
Asst, Director Public Affairs
Office of the Wife of the Governor of Lagos State
Wednesday, 25th April 2018
SOURCE :The Nigerian Voice (local news)