BETTY Anyanwu-Akeredolu, wife of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, today, Friday September 29, flagged-off the first phase of Mass De-worming Campaign put together by the NNPC/Chevron Joint Ventures in partnership with GSK at St. Paul Caring Heart Mega School, Idanre, Ondo State.
Harping on the importance of good hygiene, Mrs. Akeredolu, said it would be counterproductive to de-worm the children only for them to go back home to dirty environment.
“It makes no sense if we de-worm these children and they go back home to a dirty environment. I believe de-worming exercise must go hand in hand with portable water and good sanitation in our homes. It is our duty to teach our children that when they use the toilet, they should wash their hands,” she said.
While also promising that Idanre Community would be transformed into a world class tourist destination, Mrs. Akeredolu affirmed that Idanre would be playing host to members of BRECAN during its 20th anniversary slated for October 2017.
In his welcome address, Biyi Anyanuola, chairman, Idanre Local Government, acknowledged the significance of the event while thanking the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu administration for choosing the local government as one of the beneficiaries of the programme.
Ayanuola who affirmed that the people of Ondo State had been maximally benefiting from the dividends of democracy from the present administration, thanked the NNPC and Chevron for their support.
Earlier, Gbenga Aluko, the representative of Chevron, in his remark affirmed that the de-worming programme was part of several health intervention programme of Chevron and NNPC joint venture to build a healthy nation.
Aluko who highlighted some of the projects Chevron had already embarked upon, emphasised that the de-worming programme became necessary as children often suffer from worm infestation at an alarming rate. ‘It is aimed at ridding children between ages six (6) and twelve (12) of worm,” he said as he stressed the commitment of Chevron Nigeria to being a part of Nigeria’s economic growth.
Wahab Adegbenro, the commissioner for Health, in his remark acknowledged the efforts of the present administration in the areas of health. According to him, there is a need for regular de-worming exercise as it aids healthy living.
While urging parents to de-worm their children every three months, Adegbenro also emphasised the place of sanitation to healthy life.
Also in attendance at the flag off ceremony was Ajewole Ajayi, the wife of the deputy governor, Femi Agagu, the commissioner for Education and royal fathers, among others.
– Sept. 29, 2017 @ 15:09 GMT |