In line with the ongoing nationwide Prevent, Test and Treat Malaria Outreach program by WABIO and NESH Foundations, Lagos State received Medical supplies comprising Urine Malaria Test (UMT) Kits and ACT medication targeted for the benefit of low-income Nigerian families.
This batch of donation, made possible through the generous support of NNPC/Total and Partners, IBRU Organisation and Stanbic IBTC, will provide the resources to test and treat malaria for no fewer than 5,000 individuals, in line with the national guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of malaria which insist on testing BEFORE treating.
The official presentation which held at the Folarin-Coker Staff Clinic, Lagos State Government Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, had in attendance, the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi; the Chief Consultant Epidemiologist of the Federal Ministry Of Health, Dr. Godwin Ntadom; Director, WHO/ANDI (African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation) Centre, College of Medicine, University Of Lagos, Prof. Wellington Oyibo; Dr. Audu Bala Mohammed, the immediate past National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP); Representatives of some of our Collaborators and Donors, including the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (SPHCDA), NMEP, IBRU Organization; Directors from the Ministry of Health; Representatives from Fyodor Biotechnologies, manufacturers of the UMT Kits; the Founder of NESH, Mr. Emeka Ugwu-Oju; the Founder of WABIO Foundation, Mrs. Ebele Enemchukwu; many others.
Even though a brief event, there was ample room for goodwill messages from the Senior Special Assistant To The President On Sustainable Development Goals, Her Excellency, Princess Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, and the National Coordinator of NMEP, Dr. Perpetua Uhomoibhi, as delivered by the Founder of NESH.
The SSA to the President was spot-on in her remarks regarding the event, when she said that “What we all witness here is an act of solidarity, partnership and an effective inter-sectoral collaboration between both State and non-state actors; public and private institutions as enshrined in the SDG17 and 2030 Agenda which has recognized the key role of the private sectors in the SDGs implementation especially at the community level. This is a clear demonstration of commitment and huge stakeholders support to government policies, plans and strategies towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Nigeria.”
Her speech gave way for that by the Founder of WABIO Foundation, Mrs. Enemchukwu, who provided further insight into the purpose of the event and alongside Mr. Ugwu-Oju, immediately followed that with the official presentation of the medical supplies to Lagos State which was thankfully received by the Honorable Commissioner, Professor Akin Abayomi.
Typical of a great Host, Prof. Abayomi, was the last one to take to the microphone for speeches and seized the opportunity to commend WABIO and NESH for the initiative and partnership, while also thanking the Donors – NNPC/Total & Partners, IBRU Organization and Stanbic IBTC Bank – for their support and choice of Lagos State for the donation.
The Prevent, Test and Treat Malaria Outreach program planned for a five-year duration, is unique in that it affords Sponsors the liberty to choose wherever within Nigeria they would like their donations sent to. It was for this reason that the IBRU Organisation, as an example, made donations in Local Government Areas in both Delta and Lagos States, being locations of their hometown and work environment respectively.
We continue to call on Corporate Nigeria, Public-spirited individuals, Health-focused Foundations and Organizations, to lend support to our campaign towards the actualization of ZERO MALARIA by the year 2030. The current statistics are disturbing, and re-echoing what Ebele Enemchukwu said while concluding her address at the event, “there’s so much work to be done and it is not enough to sit and hope that something happens. We must all rise and take ACTION”.
Once again, many thanks to NNPC/Total and Partners, IBRU Organisation and Stanbic IBTC, while equally extending same to all who have pledged their support. Special thanks to Channels television for the amazing coverage.
It shall be a great year of doing good. We embrace it.-