By Eseoghene Emuke
The second phase of the Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) sponsored Roll-Back- Malaria (RBM) campaign for communities in Delta State has been launched.
RBM campaign which is being carried out by NNPC/Chevron in Collaboration with Delta State Government was launched on September 11, 2019, at the Ode-Ugborodo Health Centre at Aruntan-Ugborodo in Warri South-West Local Government Area of the state.
The Chevron sponsored project, which has brought succour to many vulnerable Deltans, involves the free malaria test and distribution of insecticide-treated nets and waste management of bins to selected households and community health and environmental education centres.
The beneficiaries, comprising of women, children, women, pregnant women, youths and the aged from Madangho and other neighbouring Itsekiri communities, were also given free drugs.
Speaking at the event, chairman of Warri South West Local Government Area, Mr Taiye Tuoyo, lauded NNPC/Chevron JV for coming to the aide of the rural communities at a time the rains are coming more heavily and mosquitoes breeding everywhere.
Tuoyo, represented by the Supervisor for Health, Warri South West, Emami Harriman and Councillor from Ajudaibo Ward, Honorable Ernest Menewe, described the exercise as wonderful.
The Warri South West Council boss said, “It’s a good initiative that NNPC and Chevron brought this to the community, and we appreciate it so much because malaria has been an epidemic in this environment.
“It’s wonderful. It’s a way of letting the community know that we care for them. I believe that they will no longer have that mentality that health care is about money.”
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One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Bose Ajakaye, who said none of her children tested positive to the malaria parasite, expressed gratitude to NNPC/Chevron JV for coming over to help them tackle the scourge of malaria in the creeks.
The event is a continuation of the RBM campaign that was earlier held on June 7, 2019, at Tsekelewu community and environs in Warri North, was implemented by an NGO, the Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA).
Members of the WRAPA team included a medical doctor, nurses, laboratory technologists and social workers.