The Ogun State Government is stepping up campaign on Malaria prevention across the State, as it has embarked on enlightenment of students in public secondary schools in this regard.
Part of the campaign was the introduction of quiz competition to educate Health Cadets in the schools on best ways to prevent malaria and how to combat the scourge.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, who stated this at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta said the quiz competition was to educate and further encourage the Cadets, who were Secondary School students, on ways of contracting and preventing its spread as well as how to combat the disease.
Dr. Ipaye, who was represented by the Director of Public Health, Dr. Qudus Yusuf, noted that the earlier the students got necessary awareness mechanism to combating the scourge, the better it would be for the larger society, adding that the students must wage war against malaria for healthy society.
In her remarks, the State Malaria Elimination Program Manager, Mrs Olamide Adeyinka, enjoined the students to put to use the knowledge they have acquired at the competition, tasking them to be committed ambassadors of the anti-malaria campaign.
On her part, a representative of Mortein RB, West Africa, partner on the Malaria prevention programme, Mrs. Omotola Bamigbaiye- Elatuiyi, emphasized the unalloyed support of the company to the Government on the prevention of the scourge.
Eleven Secondary Schools in the State participated in the quiz competition, won by Molusi College, Ijebu-Igbo in Ijebu-North Local Government Area, while A.U.D. Comprehensive College, Ota and Methodist High School, Ifo, took second and third positions respectively.