Shouts of excitement and joy rented the air as a NYSC Corp member, Osadoh Robinson, during the weekend organized a two day malaria sensitization as well as distribution of insecticide treated nets (ITNS) to Sulumbiri community in Maiduguri metropolis.
The project involved malaria walk campaign which took place from Tudun Wada through Bulumkutum to GSM village, while the next day involved the sensitization on malaria, the usage of insecticide treated nets as well as the distribution of insecticide treated nets and other relief items to 100 targeted families in sulumbiri community. Speaking to newsmen, Osadoh said that sulumbiri community was the chosen target for the project. “What motivated me to embark on this sensitization is that I sense the need to tackle malaria in Nigeria, and since I am in Borno state, I felt it was wise enough to carry out the sensitization because a lot of people are living in poverty and the insurgency has really blinded the eyes of many people, and this is just a way to enlighten the community and to make sure they are malaria free by taking care of their environment,and also we shall be distributing insecticide treated nets. My friends are already distributing the items and we are here to tell them that malaria is a NO, and we are here to kick back malaria back to where came from”. He also decried lack of enough funding for the project as it would have gone a long way in bringing succor to many. “The people came out in droves, but unfortunately we ran out I’d relief materials, I would have loved to ensure that they all have a share of the relief items, but we are constrained financially. Also, I want to thank my donors, NCCF Borno state, Estee cakes, VOTT, GreatNigeriamenders, my friends and well wishers”. He therefore urged the beneficiaries not to sell their nets because it was meant for them. One of the beneficiaries who gave her name as Aisha Ahmed was filled with joy as she thanked the corp member for his kind gesture, because according to her, nobody has given them any sensitization on malaria, “malaria has really dealt with me and my family, and before now we used to visit stallion camp for treatment, but now they no longer welcome or accept us, this has now prompted us to patronize chemist shops for malaria treatment, the country is very hard as we can no longer continue with this trend because there is no money and we can barely feed properly, she added”.