Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Reckitt Benckiser Re-Enforces Malaria Awareness Campaign

Following the growing concern to curb the incidence of malaria and save the lives of children and their mothers, Reckitt Benckiser, makers of Mortein insecticide has re-enforced its anti-malaria awareness campaign at a forum for Local Government Nurses and Midwives (FOLGONM), Lagos State 6th Annual Scientific Workshop 2012.

The forum which operates under the parent body of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives has in participation Nurses and Midwives who are closer to the most vulnerable groups, women and children.

According to a member of the Scientific Service Group, Reckitt Benckiser, Uchenna Nwakanma, said the World Health Organisation, WHO, has standard recommendation for effective insecticides, yet harmless to consumers.

Nwakanma said there is need for Nigerians to know the right products and avoid those that do not adhere to standard guidelines. "There are lots of products out there and exposure to their toxic ingredients can cause a variety of adverse or delayed health effects. This is through routes of exposure like the skin, lungs, mouth and the eyes'.

He added that Nigerians should be sure of the products they are buying because it is not enough to kill mosquitoes and cockroaches as there are a lot of diseases that can emanate from the use of insecticides that are not safe for their health especially children.

On her part the Brand Manager, Mortein, Reckitt Benckiser Nigeria Ltd. Oluwatoyin Yusuf Said that with the high prevalence of malaria in Nigeria , it was important to drive awareness on cleaner environment and use of mosquito treated nets in the fight against mosquitoes.

According to her, Mortein is committed to fighting malaria as one of the major killer diseases in Sub-Sahara Africa which Nigeria is key and Reckitt Benckiser is ready to explore all possible chances in making sure mothers and children are free from malaria.

"This is the rationale why we partnered with the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives and the Lagos state Ministry of Health'.

The Chairman, Forum for Local Government Nurses and Midwives, Mrs. Mary Lateef-Yusuf said the 6th Annual Scientific Workshop tagged: "Child health survival strategies: The Primary Health Care Approaches" would afford Nurses and Midwives in Lagos State the opportunity of gathering under one roof to brainstorm and learn new strategies that are geared toward achieving a malaria free Nigeria.

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