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MIRAL joins fight to end malaria with essay competition

malariaIn a bid to eradicate malaria in the country, MIRAL Pharm limited, a leading indigenous pharmaceutical company has announced the commencement of the Call for Essays for students in tertiary institutions starting with Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State. The topic for this year’s edition is in line with the theme for the 2016 World Malaria Day, which is “End Malaria for good”.

The scheme is targeted at promoting health literacy and research. To enter the competition, participants are required to register and submit the essays, which should not exceed 1,000 words through an online portal. The registration and submission is expected to end on the March 1, 2017. The online registration and submission portal can be accessed through the company’s website – www.miralpharm.com

Prizes to be won include a one-year scholarship and a trip to selected facilities in India for the first prize. The second prize winner will get a one-year scholarship with a laptop while the third prize will be offered a one-year scholarship. Consolation prizes will also be won.

According to the Managing Director, Mr. Onyeka Onyeibor, Miral Pharm Limited is hopeful that the essays will uncover actionable research interests and as such, Miral Pharm is favourably disposed to supporting such research efforts. Through the ‘End Malaria for Good Project’, Miral Pharm Ltd intends to encourage thinking and improve expressions amongst students as well as contribute knowledge to the nation’s research base.

He noted that at the commemoration of the 2016 World Malaria Day, it was made known that about 31 million Nigerians were diagnosed with malaria in the previous year.This is far from the expectation of the World Health Organisation in the eradication of malaria. In the process of elimination of malaria, pre-elimination stage is expected to observe less than one case per 1000 persons.

The Project coordinator, Miral Pharm, Ifeyinwa Ugo-Amadi, added that each essay will be evaluated based on its ingenuity, structure, insightfulness, content and language style by three independent examiners. She also said that plagiarism will not be permitted therefore, students are expected to reference the source of any information used.

The Nnamdi Azikiwe University is scheduled as a pilot school while subsequent editions are expected to include other universities in the country.Miral Pharm Limited is a healthcare company created to provide a trans-national platform for low cost and efficient redistribution and marketing of pharmaceutical products, hospital consumables and lifestyle goods. Through a network of customers in the various countries where it operates, Miral sets out to be the preferred channel for delivering healthcare products to quality conscious and price sensitive people living in Africa, particularly West Africa.Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof thanked Miral Pharm for their ingenuity and love in promoting health literacy and research among Nigerian students.

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