Chevron, NNPC, GlaxoSmithKiline to Deworm 45,000 Children

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)/Chevron Nigeria’s Limited (CNL) Joint Venture, in collaboration with the Delta State Government, South-south Nigeria and GlaxoSmithKline, have flagged off its mass de-worming exercise in Delta State with the campaign targeting over 45,000 under-12 years old in the state. This was made, known by the Wife of the Delta State Governor, Dame Edith Okowa during the flag off of the exercise in Warri. She said the proactive social responsibility to de-worm over 45,000 children in Warri South and North Local Government Areas of the state was commendable.

She said the program compliments the comprehensive health program of the Okowa-led administration in the state. Okowa, who was represented by Wife of the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Mrs. Tobore Oborevwori, commended Chevron for the exercise and appealled to the company to extend the exercise to the other 23 local government areas in the state.

The General Manager, Policy Government and Public Affairs (PGPA), Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Esimaje Brikinn, said more than 1.5 billion people, or 24 per cent of the world’s population, were infected with soil-transmitted helminth (parasitic worms) and worm infection worldwide.

Brikinn, who was represented by the Area Manager, Field Operations, PGPA, CNL, Mr. Sam Daibo, said NNPC/Chevron JV decided to focus on deworming because the effect of worm infestation, especially on children of school age, have assumed an alarming dimension that it requires concerted effort by all stakeholders to fight the ailment.

He said, “In this program we will give safe and effective medicine produced by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Limited, to the target children to remove infecting worms while we will also educate the children on how to avoid re-infection through personal hygiene.”

Chairman, Warri South Local Government Area, Dr. Micheal Tidi, commended NNPC/CNL JV for the exercise noting that the exercise is of significant benefit to the children and the society in general. He said if people refused to do the needful by properly safeguarding the health of the children, the future of the country will be bleak and assured that his administration will cooperate fully with Chevron Nigeria Limited to ensure that the program achieved its set goals and objectives.

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