Mark R. Ward, Managing Director of Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) and Lead Country Manager of ExxonMobil Subsidiary Companies in Nigeria, has expressed the commitment of ExxonMobil towards the eradication of malaria in Akwa Ibom state.
According to him, the oil company is ready to work with the state government in the fight against the disease.
He stated this while speaking at the end-of-project dissemination of community direct interventions for the prevention and control of malaria in pregnancy (MIP) and children in Akwa Ibom State. He noted that the disease has been proven to have debilitating effects on the socio-economic well-being of any nation
So far, he said the company has spent more than NGN157 million in grant and services to fight malaria in 16 malaria endemic countries, thus making ExxonMobil the largest non-pharmaceutical company donor in malaria control.
He added that the company’s efforts toward the eradication of malaria are channeled at improving prevention, education and access to treatment.
He said: “In Nigeria, ExxonMobil is working with local and international partners to fight malaria as it has provided 80,000 long-lasting insecticides treated nets in seven states of Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Cross River, Delta, Imo, Ondo and Lagos since 2009.”
“The project has donated six microscopes for diagnosis of malaria parasites, six hemocue blood analysers for proper investigation of anaemia in pregnancy to health facilities in the LGAs that the project was carried out.”