Saturday, 9 November 2013
Edo: Flood devastated communities receive free treatment
Communities affected by flood in Agenebode, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State on Thursday received free malaria treatment and insecticide-treated mosquito nets.
The drugs and the mosquito nets were donated to the communities by Agbami Partners, comprising Chevron Nigeria Limited, Star Deep Water Petroluem Limited, Famfa Oil Limited, NNPC, Statoil and Petroleo Brasileiro Nigeria Limited. It would be recalled that over 20 communities in Edo State were affected by flood disaster which ravaged parts of the state in 2012. Speaking during the occasion, Director, Star Deepwater Petroleum, Mr. Jeffrey Ewing, said they were implementing the Roll Back Malaria in the affected communities in order to add value to the lives of the people and contribute positively to the country’s socio-economic development.
He said, “Today’s event is another indication of the partners’ determined efforts to improve primary healthcare delivery in Nigeria. “Malaria is a major killer disease severely affecting mostly children under five years and pregnant women, but beside malaria, the Agbani partners have also implemented awareness programme on HIV/AIDS, diabetes and other diseases in several communities across the six geo-political zones in the country.”
Chairman of Etsako East Local Government Area, Suleiman Afegbua, while declaring the programme open, expressed joy over the gesture and urged beneficiaries to make good use of the mosquito nets. The Okumagbe of Weppawano, who was represented by Chief Oshomah Akenabor, commended the Agbami partners for coming to the aid of the affected communities and assured that the “people will make good use of the mosquito treated nets and also adhere strictly to the prescription if the mlaria drugs distributed.”