Daily Trust (Abuja)

6 January 2013

Nigeria: Hyundai Donates Mosquito Nets

Lagos — Hyundai Motors Nigeria has donated hundreds of thousands of mosquito repellent supplies to orphanages and psychiatric homes in Nigeria in a campaign aimed at stemming the tide of malaria parasites.

Donating the items, which include treated nets and insecticides at a brief ceremony at the Little Saints Ophanage, Ekoro Road, Abule-Egba Lagos, Mr Jatin Nadkarni, the company's Director, Sales and Marketing said the initiative was part of Hyundai's contribution to the welfare of the less privileged.

According to him, the relief materials donated to select-homes in various locations across Nigeria were also in fulfillment of the automaker's global campaign values of 'touching lives.'

Mr Nadkarni, who lamented the spate of lives lost to malaria scourge annually, stressed the need to cater for children in orphanages and psychiatric homes.

He said it had become imperative to forestall the fearsome risks of malaria scourge that threatened more than 90 per cent (about 150.3million) of Nigeria's 167 million people.

He also said that it was necessary to reduce the population of children prone to malaria scourge, especially those aged between six months and five years which account for 52 per cent.

The Hyundai director urged the children at Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted, Surulere Lagos to be conscious of their environment and keep it clean always.

Handing over the supplies to the managements of Little Saints Orphanage and Parcelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted, Mr Nadkarni re-intrated the company's commitment towards its social responsibility.

Speaking, Reverend Christiana Bamidele George, founder, Strong Tower Mission, owner of Little Saints Orphanage hailed Hyundai's gestures, describing the company as relentless and cheerful in its humanitarian gestures to the home.

Also receiving the gifts on behalf of the Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted, Reverend Sister Benedicta Ogike, Principal of the school also commended Hyundai Nigeria for extending relief to the home.

The Hyundai team also visited orphanages and psychiatric homes in Abuja, Port-Harcourt and Calabar where they donated mosquito repellent materials with a promise to extend the gesture to more states in the country.

The campaign is the third in the series since 2010 when Hyundai Nigeria joined her counterparts worldwide to forestall the intimidating tide of malaria scourge.

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