In commemoration of this year’s celebration of World Malaria Day, a Non Governmental Organization, the Restoration Of The Dignity Of Womanhood ( ROTDOW) yesterday, 28th April organized a quiz competition for secondary schools across Ondo State on this year’s theme: Zero Malaria; Draw The Line Against Malaria”.
In an address presented by the CEO, ROTDOW at the ceremony which took place at Aquinas College, Mrs. Olabisi Omolona said her organization decided to take the campaign to schools by organizing the competition as Malaria has unarguably, claimed more young innocent lives than any other disease.
Mrs. Omolona who expressed optimism about a great future in a world free of Malaria said it was high time to declare a state of emergency in homes to raise the bar of healthy and hygienic lives.
While charging every participant to take step by sleeping under treated nets, keeping a clean environment among others as a way to attain zero malaria, Mrs. Omolona further restated the commitment of her organization to do all in its power to continue to campaign the need for people to live in descent environment.
The representative from the Ondo State Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs. Oguntoyin Adekemi applauded ROTDOW for bringing zero malaria campaign to schools.
Drawing from statistics, Dr. Waheed, the State Malaria Programs Director said Malaria which is highly preventable and curable has yet remained a major burden across the world as it continues to affects all groups inclusive of pregnant women and children.
While applauding ROTDOW for coming up with the competition said it will go a long way as the students will take the message home to their parents.
In her goodwill message, representative of the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Funke Ademuyiwa, Director Counseling, Ministry of Education also applauded ROTDOW for a job well done saying it was high time the message is taken to the younger generation who constitute a major force in the population.
An International Non Governmental Organization, JYPEIGO as represented by Miss Winnie Imoyera and Mrs Elizabeth Chukwu in their separate charge, urged the students to become ambassadors of the cause and to ensure that they educate those in their various communities most especially pregnant women on the need to go to the hospital and treat malaria effectively as it portends great danger to the unborn child.
Also speaking at the event, ACOMIN State Chairman, Mr Junaid Adeyemi thanked ROTDOW for taking such a laudable initiative to sensitize the students in commemoration of the celebration
At the end of the keenly contested quiz among students of Aquinas College, St. Peters Secondary School, Ejioba High School and United CAC High School,Aquinas College came first while the second position went to Ejioba High School. United CAC High School came third. Gifts were later presented to the schools.
Others in attendance include representatives from Handef, WOWICAN, NCWS, ACOMIN, among others.