Covenant University Marks World Malaria Day
Covenant University joined the rest of the world to mark 2013 World Malaria Day as it organised free malaria testing and treatment for the citizens of Ketu-Adie-Owe in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area
The University through her Community Development Impact Initiative (CUCDII) on Friday, April 26, 2013, extended her hand of love to her immediate communityto eradicate Malaria and its resultant effects in the area. The theme for this year’s event was, “Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria”.
The event which took place at Ketu-Adie-Owe Primary School playground was attended by over 600 adults and children who were tested and treated for malaria and also given Long Lasting Insecticidal Treated Nets free of charge.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman, Covenant University Community Development Impact Initiative Committee (CUCDII) and the representative of the Vice Chancellor, Dr. David Orodu noted that the event was the University’s effort at contributing her quota to the development of her immediate community.
He added that it was not the first time the University would be embarking on the eradication of malaria scourge in her surrounding communities.
Dr. Orodu appreciated the support of the Local Government Officials and the people of the community for turning out in their large numbers to participate in the programme.
Also speaking at the event, the representative of the Chairman, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government and the Supervisory Counsellor for Health in the area, Honourable Isiaka Balogun appreciated the University for their Support in organizing such a programme in the area. He encouraged the people to always visit the health centre and avoid self medication whenever they had health challenges
The representative of the Community (Baale) of Ketu-Adie-Owe, Chief Akanbi Ola Olukosi in his remarks thanked the University for considering the community for such a programme and enjoined the people of the area to always turn out whenever such programmes are organised.
Other dignitaries at the event include the Ward Counsellor, Ketu-Adie-Owe, Honourable OlalekanPopoola; Chief Health Promotion and Education Officer, Ado-Odo/Ota LGA, Mr.Okedairo Johnson; Malaria Officer at the LGA, Matron T. A. Adebiyi; Baales of various communities in the area including: Idoye, Ajelore, Arigba and Ikuoye communities.
World Malaria Day is celebrated April 25 of every year with a theme focusing on the eradication of Malaria disease. It would be remembered that CovenantUniversity reached out to the people of Ilogbo community to mark the 2012 edition.
Other partners of the University include Ado-Odo/Ota LGA, ACE Medicare Ota, Covenant University Health Centre and Covenant University Public Health and Wellbeing Research Group.