Evans Pharmaceuticals Industries, the makers of Meditol medicated soap, on Saturday, partnered with Emzor to organise a 3 kilometre walk to commemorate the World Malaria Day 2019, which is held every April 25.
According to a 2018 WHO report, Nigeria was listed among five countries with the highest malaria cases of 25 per cent of the 219 million cases of malaria globally.
Africa, as a continent, also accounted for a high share of malaria burden with 92 per cent malaria cases and 93 per cent malaria deaths, according to the same report.
And it is to this effect that Evans Industries Limited has launched its new product, Meditol anti-bacterial and anti-malaria soap, which provides double protection against germs and mosquito bites.
The walk kicked off at the National stadium in Surulere, Lagos, through Alaka, Iponri, Costain and then the National Theatre in Iganmu where the large crowd that took part converged.
“The walk is to create awareness of our people on the issue of malaria. Malaria has been a very pandemic disease, I will say, for the tropics and we are in the tropics.
“It is preventable since mosquito is the agent of malaria; we want to keep malaria away from ourselves. So, that is the awareness we are creating. The anchor product is the Meditol medicated anti-bactaria soap.
“It has the anti-mosquito properties. When we bath with it, we keep mosquito away from ourselves,’’ Mr Joseph Okonkwo, a Director in Evans Industries Ltd, said to NAN.
The Manager of the Lagos State Malaria Elimination Programme, Dr Abimbola Oshinowo, said the walk was another way to assist government in its fight against malaria.
In her speech, Oshinowo said that the Lagos State Government was "involved in many activities to prevent the increasing figures of malaria cases especially through the provision of insecticide treated nets free-of-charge to pregnant women and children less than five years."
Dr Stella Okoli, the Managing Director of Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ltd, who was also on hand to address the crowd, said the introduction of Meditol Anti-bacterial and Anti-mosquito soap is a proactive measure to fight malaria before it occurs.
She noted that when there's “No bite, there's No malaria’’ and the walk was necessitated by the need to create an avenue to reach out to Nigerians.
There were free malaria tests conducted and health talks were delivered by experts to the hundreds of participants.