Ikeja Electric Partners Hygeia on Malaria prevention

In its quest to support efforts in combating malaria, which is prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, electricity distribution company, Ikeja Electric, as part of its corporate social responsibility, partnered with frontline health services provider, Hygeia HMO Limited, to donate malaria prevention items to Lagos communities.

The electricity distribution company joined the global fight against malaria as it marked the World Malaria Day with the donation of treated mosquito nets and medical tests to six riverine communities in Lagos. The communities are Olambe, Igando, Ilaje-Bariga, Ijede, Oke-ira and Aboru communities.

Head of Corporate Communications of Ikeja Electric, Felix Ofulue, explained that as a socially responsible corporate citizen, the day provided an opportunity for the company to provide support in fighting malaria and contributing its quota to ensuring a healthier society.

“In line with this year’s theme, we aim at deepening malaria prevention in riverine communities and that is why we decided to partner with Hygeia to sensitize the communities on malaria prevention as well as give out over 1000 treated mosquito nets and also provide free medical tests and treatment to members of communities most prone to the disease”, he said.

To ensure a seamless intervention exercise, Ikeja Electric had earlier mobilized communities via various community development committees, which in turn called on risk prone members in the communities such as pregnant women and nursing mothers, urging them to attend the medical intervention exercise.

Hygiea on its part deployed mini malaria test centres across all locations visited. The treated nets were then distributed after representatives educated the people on the need to keep living areas neat and free of stagnant dirty water which becomes breeding ground for mosquitoes, carriers of the killer disease.

Some of the beneficiaries of the initiative commended the company for its efforts in giving back to the society. The initiative, which is part of Ikeja Electric’s Personal-Corporate Social Responsibility (P-CSR) Action plan, forms part of IE’s long standing commitment to giving back to host communities.


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