Hauwei Technologies has donated N50million to Access Bank and other private sector companies in support of the campaign to eradicate malaria in the country.
The presentation was done on Wednesday at the press conference on ‘Malaria to Zero’ campaign in Lagos by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Huawei Technologies, Nigeria, Frank Li to MD/CEO, Access bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe.
Mr. Ade Kehinde, Head, Enterprise sector, Huawei Technologies, who spoke on behalf of Chief Executive Officer(CEO), Huawei Technologies, Nigeria, Frank Li, said, Nigeria has the highest malaria patients ranging from children to adults.
According to him, “Huawei has a company has employed about six hundred Nigerians as workers and the company is using this medium to say Zero to malaria in Nigeria that is why we are supporting Access bank in fighting against malaria.”
He also said, Huawei will be glad to donate more fund if need be as long as the money is been used to fund the ‘malaria to zero’ campaign.
MD/CEO, of Access bank said, the campaign aims at teaching 20 millions Nigerians how to live in a malaria free environment come year 2020.
“By 2020, 20 million Nigerians would have learnt how to combat malaria. Life has a chance as any child born in Nigeria has that right to life just like children born in other countries in the world. Improving and winning war against malaria to zero in Nigeria and across Africa is our aim,’’ Wigwe said.
According to him, “it is advisable to help financiers invest in the most appropriate technical strategies suitable to local context. Private sector is coming together to work with the government and accelerate the campaign –malaria control-elimination. And this can be achieved through private sector engagement platform.”
Chief, Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, Dr. Muntaga Umar-Sadiq also called on journalists to assist in disseminating proper information in order to help engage hundreds of private companies in Nigeria about ongoing campaign.
“It is good to ensure private sector roundtable on malaria through innovation and technology to develop new way of measuring impact on the campaign because, money is coming in, but it is rather appreciative to get the target structure issues-data and surveillance system right,” Umar-Sadiq stated.