Oil giants, ExxonMobil said it has contributed more than $150 million to reduce the impact of malaria in Nigeria.
ExxonMobil Occupational Health Manager of Mobil at Qua Iboe Terminal, Eket, Dr. Affiong Ben-Edet made this known at a malaria outreach programme in Eket organised by an NGO Africare in collaboration with the company yesterday.
Ben-Edet said that ExxonMobil in 2015 alone reached more than 19 million people in malaria-endemic countries and thanked Africare for organising the community malaria outreach programme.
“In line with this year’s theme, ExxonMobil is doing all that it can to help ‘End Malaria for Good’, ExxonMobil has contributed more than $150 million to reduce the impact of malaria.
She said that the company had over the years distributed 14 million bed nets, administered anti-malarial treatment to 2.5 million persons and also trained 500, 000 health workers.
“Our workplace malaria program also provides direct public health assistance to our employees in malaria-endemic regions, as well as to contractors and suppliers.
“Our philosophy is that a productive, healthy and educated society is a better place to do business,” she said.
Edet urged all stakeholders in the fight against malaria to collaborate and work together to “end malaria for good.”
Meanwhile, the African- American led non-governmental agency, Africare, has introduced a new device for effective test of malaria infection.
The device, called Deki Reader was brought in by Africare in collaboration with a Canadian technology company, Fio Corporation and would be used in Akwa Ibom and Rivers communities.
Africare’s Director, Malaria Programme, Dr. Patrick Adah
while demonstrating the use of the device in Eket yesterday, said it has proved to be more effective and reliable than the Rapid Diagnostic Test ,RDT,currently in use in Nigeria.
The Programme Director said that the device had the advantage of eliminating human error in the reading test results.
He explained that the test results captured by Deki Reader could be accessed by authorised personnel of the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in the elimination of malaria in Nigeria.

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