By Chioma Umeha
Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, the Paramount ruler and Alake of Egbaland, has called on Nigerians to collaborate with donor of Long Lasting Insecticide-Treated Nets (LLINs), ‘Global Fund’ and implementing agency Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to tackle the scourge of malaria across the country.
Alake disclosed this while he was decorated as the net Ambassador by the Team of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), at the ongoing distribution of card net, aimed at eliminating malaria across the country, held at Ake Palace, Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital.
Alake said that it was imperative to use the mosquito net or sleep inside the mosquito net to avoid being contacted by malaria through the bite of female mosquito usually called (Anopheles), noting that by so doing this the state would be free from the scourge of malaria fever.
He appreciated the donor of the initiative ‘Global fund’ and the implementing agency the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), saying that it was good initiative and giant step being taken by the groups, pledging the support and cooperation of the traditional rulers across the state.
Dr. Diwe Ekweremadu, the Deputy Chief of Party, Global Fund Malaria and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), while decorating the Alake of Egbaland Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, stated that the partnership between the donor of the programme ‘Global Fund’ and implementing partner, CRS was geared towards eliminating malaria in the country, hailing the paramount ruler for supporting the campaign.
He added that no stone would be left untouched as the every household were entitled to a net card, noting that every logistics had been put in places to making sure that the LLIN goes every nooks and crannies of the state including the remote areas.
Earlier, the Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, state Commissioner for Health, represented by the Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, appreciated the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo and his Chiefs for accepting the offer, assuring the traditional ruler of hitch-free exercise before, during and after the programme.
He added that was chosen as the pioneer state in the country to be benefited from the campaign now that it was technologically-driven, adding that the state’s health sector under the leadership of Senator, Ibikunle Amosun administration had recorded evidence based progress.