Leading anti-malaria brand, Mortein from the stables of RB Nigeria Limited, a leader in health, hygiene and home care segment, presented gifts to babies bone on April 25, in commemoration of 2015 World Malaria Day.
Speaking at the event, the Marketing Director, RB, West Africa, Oguzhan Silivrili, said “Mortein is presenting gifts to these babies because we are very particular about malaria preventing especially in children. The children between 0-5 years are the most vulnerable group and they suffer the most from malaria scourge most in Africa”.
Silivrili decried the high malaria prevalence in Nigeria as ‘‘unacceptable’’, saying ‘‘malaria is responsible for 60 percent of outpatient visits to health facilities, 30 percent of childhood deaths, 25 percent of deaths in children under one year and 11 percent of maternal deaths.’’
“In the last few years, we have moved pan-Nigeria with our Anti-Malaria Campaign by equipping Nigerians with the right information on how to protect themselves from mosquitoes and stay healthy. Our New Mum Programmes (NMP) has reached approximately 5 million new moms in the hospitals since inception; we also have the mobile clinic, Health On Wheels (HOW) going door-to-door across Nigeria and open market activations in top 15 states in Nigeria.’’ he stated.
Receiving the gift, one of the mothers, Mrs. Titilope Anofi said’ I really appreciate this gesture, it is a reminder that I should be more conscious of malaria prevention than I was during pregnancy’.