NNPC/Chevron to deworm 60,000 pupils nationwide
In line with the federal government’s determination in sustaining good health across the country and as part of its corporate social responsibilities, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in collaboration with Chevron Nigerian limited has launched the mass de-worming of pupils between the ages of six to ten.
The exercise is an effort to ensure that children in primary schools across the nation are de-wormed of infectious parasites, thereby preventing them from contracting other dangerous and life-threatening diseases.
The programme targets to de-worm at least 60 000 pupils from various primary schools in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, using the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended Albendazole (Zentel), which is acclaimed to be one the most potent drugs in the treatment of parasitic worms especially in kids.
Previous studies have shown that children that are not regularly de-wormed are prone to loss of iron and protein, and this can lead to stunted growth.
First lady Lagos state Mrs. Bolanle Ambode at the event commended the efforts of the firms emphasising on the importance of giving back to the society “in which you benefit from.” Ambode who was represented by Mrs. Akinbili Uzamat reinstated the Lagos state government’s commitment to improving the health and living conditions of its residents.
General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Deji Haastrup, he said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the NNPC/Chevron mass de-worming exercise for primary school pupils between ages six to 12 in Lagos State. The sponsorship of the de-worming exercise reflects our long term commitment to investing in health, education and economic development initiatives that help build strong communities.”
Haastrup who was represented by Manager Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (PGPA) Lagos, Mr. Sam Otuonye, added: “It supports Chevron’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, which are grounded in our commitment to ‘be the global energy company most admired for its people, partnership and performance.’ This is the reason we take our responsibility very seriously to support the people in our immediate communities and try to serve as an agent of positive change among them. Everywhere Chevron operates across the globe, we always strive to be a welcome member of the community, forging partnerships that support economic and social development of the people. These various supports are in alignment with Chevron’s commitment to conducting its business here in Nigeria in a socially responsible manner; adding value to the lives of the people and contributing positively to the socio-economic development of Nigeria.”
Haastrup added: “De-worming our children is essential because it protects them against diseases. A healthy population is a prerequisite for socio-economic development of any nation. As a testament to our commitment to a healthy population, we have conducted this exercise to other states in the past years, de-worming over 500 000 children in Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Ondo, Lagos and Imo.”
Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Dafe Sejebor, at the exercise said: “I am delighted to be part of this year’s NNPC/Chevron Mass De-worming exercise targeted at pupils between ages six to 12. We are proud of the feat this programme has achieved in the past years and the number of kids that have benefited so far. We commend our Joint Venture Partner, Chevron, for this initiative and the consistency with which they have promoted this cause.”
Sejebor who was represented by deputy manager community relation B NNPC-NAPIMS, Mrs. Clementina Arubi, added: “We also applaud their other social investments in health, education and economic empowerment. As a government agency, we are always pleased to see companies investing in programmes that add value to Nigerians and their environment. We will continue to support programmes such as this that are aimed at protecting our children and improving the standard of living in our society.”
He also thanked the Lagos state government and stakeholders that contributed to the success of this year’s exercise to counting on their support for subsequent edition.
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