Ondo State First Lady, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has flagged off the first phase of deworming campaign for children between six and twelve years.
The gesture was put together by NNPC/Chevron Joint Ventures in partnership with GSK.
At the flag off held at St. Paul Caring Heart Mega School, Idanre, the first lady urged residents to provide potable water and good sanitation in their homes.
Arabinrin Akeredolu said, “it will be counterproductive to de-worm the children only for them to go back home to dirty environment.”
“It is our duty to teach our children that when they use the toilet, they should wash their hands”, the first lady said.
While also assuring that Idanre Community would be transformed into a world-class tourist destination, Mrs Akeredolu hinted that Idanre would play host to members of BRECAN during its 20th anniversary slated for October 2017.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Idanre Local Government, Hon. Biyi Anyanuola had earlier thanked the state government for choosing Idanre Local Government as one of the beneficiaries of the programme.
The council boss also thanked NNPC and Chevron for their support.
The representative of Chevron, Senator Gbenga Aluko said the de-worming programme was part of health intervention programmes of Chevron and NNPC joint venture to build a healthy nation.
Sen. Aluko further stated that the de-worming programme became necessary as children often suffer from worm infestation at an alarming rate.
‘It is aimed at ridding children between ages six (6) and twelve (12) of worm,” he added.
Also speaking at the programme the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro acknowledged the efforts of the present administration in the areas of health which according to him, necessitated the need for a regular de-worming exercise as it aids healthy living.
Also present at the ceremony were the wife of the Deputy Governor, Chief Mrs Ajewole Ajayi; Commissioner for Education, Hon. Femi Agagu; Royal fathers among others.