Leading online marketplace Kaymu.com.ng has partnered with Global Oceon, World Health Organization, WHO and the Lagos State Ministry of Health by donating mosquito nets distributed to Itedo Community in Lekki Area of Lagos.
The MD and Co-Founder Massimiliano Spalazzi said: “malaria is a life-threatening disease and all efforts must be intensified by the government and corporate organizations to eradicate the disease. Therefore, Kaymu has partnered with Global Oceon to spread awareness about the cause of malaria and preventive measures to residents of the Itedo Village in Lekki Area of Lagos State”.
According to WHO, malaria still kills an estimated 627,000 people every year, mainly children under 5 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2013, 97 countries had on-going malaria transmission. In order to combat the disease, the World Malaria Day was instituted by WHO Member States during the World Health Assembly of 2007.
The World Malaria Day recognizes global efforts to control and eliminate malaria. According to WHO, these efforts have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 42 percent globally and 49 percent in Africa. Increased political commitment and expanded funding have helped to reduce malaria incidence by 25 percent globally, and 31 percent in Africa.
The MD of Global Oceon Seun Faluyi said: “I want particularly thank Kaymu who have donated the nets. They heard that we were planning this walk and intended to donate treated nets free of charge and they offered to provide the nets themselves so that we would not have to pay for them. They are an example of a socially responsible corporate citizen and I want to thank them very much and say that we are proud to be associated them.”
This year’s World Malaria Day themed “Invest in the future. Defeat malaria” is a call to the government, corporate organizations, foundations and well-meaning citizens to contribute their quota to the eradication of Malaria in the country.