Covenant University Marks World Malaria Day
Covenant University on April 25, 2012 joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 2012 World Malaria Day as it organised a one-day sensitization Lecture on eradication of the prevalent disease
The event took place at the Conference Hall of the University’s Africa Leadership Development Centre.
The theme for this year’s day was “Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria Eradication”.
The Guest Lecturer and Medical Director, ACE Medicare, Ota, Dr Oluwole Kukoyi called upon the Federal Government and other stakeholders in the health sector to step-up the political will at eradicating Malaria scourge in the country.
Dr Kukoyi, who was represented at the event by a Consultant Family Physician in the hospital, Dr E. A. Solanke, stressed that malaria could be eradicated when the political will is very strong.
“Malaria can be eradicated when the political will is very strong and all stakeholders and individuals in the community are aware of the malaria preventive and control methods.”
The medical director stated that malaria accounted for 60 percent of outpatient visits and 30 percent of hospitalisations among children under five years of age, and with a population of more than 150 million people, Nigeria accounted for one-quarter of malaria cases in Africa.
He lamented that there are more deaths caused by malaria in the country than any other nation and Nigeria had one of the world’s highest rates of all-cause mortality for children under five.
Dr Kukoyi however argued that with sincerity and commitment, Nigeria had the capacity and resources to eradicate the disease. “If other nations have successfully eradicated the disease, there is no reason why Nigeria cannot.” He said.
He added that, “We owe the coming generation a duty of care and concern to bequeath to them a malaria-free world. Therefore, as responsible and mindful Nigerians, either in governance or as individuals, let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season, we shall reap if we faint not.”
“As we have opportunity therefore, let us all contribute our own quota to this challenge to sustain gains, save lives and invest in Malaria eradication.” He advised.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan urged Nigeria to strive to change the frightening and staggering statistics about malaria in the country.
She said that though Nigeria is no longer seen as white man’s grave, it should also not be seen as the grave of it own people, adding that, the disease has cut short the destiny of many potential world leaders.
The Vice-Chancellor reiterated the commitment of Covenant University in joining the rest of the world to eradicate the malaria scourge through quality research and products.
Professor Obayan said that though the targets at eradicating the disease appear awesome, they are achievable because little incremental steps go a long way to make monumental gains.
The event also witnessed the presentation of research papers on efforts to eradicate malaria by faculty of the University. There was also a quiz competition for 400 Level students where Dokpesi Philip (Microbiology) came first, Ade Deborah (Bio-Chemistry) 2nd, Nneoma Igbokwe (Bio-Chemistry) 3rd, Igwe Shalom (Bio-Chemistry) 4th, Nadi Ebuka (Microbiology) 5th and Ojeka Uchenna (Micrbiology) 6th.
Other dignitaries at the occasion were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ogbulogo, the Registrar, Mr J. N. Taiwo, former Head of Department, Computer and Information Sciences, Professor Ezekiel Adebiyi, Chairman of the University Community Development Impact Initiative, Dr Humphrey Adebayo, Staff of ACE Medicare, Faculty, Staff and Students of Covenant University.