To commemorate World Malaria Day, ExxonMobil PNG donated 2500 treated mosquito nets to the North Fly Health Services Development Program (NFHSDP) in Western Province to distribute to the communities.
EMPNG also assisted NFHSDP and its partners in rolling out its weeklong awareness program which took place in the township of Kiunga to mark World Malaria Day.
“Through NFHSDP and partners, we are confident that these treated mosquito nets will reach the vulnerable women and children in malaria prone high risk areas,” said ExxonMobil PNG’s expansion project community affairs field coordinator, Dylan Soondrawu when handing over the treated mosquito nets.
“We thank ExxonMobil for coming onboard as a partner in our mission to fight against Malaria,” said Ray Krai, NFHSDP program manager. “We will ensure that these treated mosquito nets are given to those that are at high risk; including pregnant mothers and children under five years.”
The North Fly Health Services Development Program (NFHSDP) is a community health program working in partnership with existing health providers, Marie Stopes, Catholic Health Services, Kiunga Hospital, North Fly District Health Services and EC PNG Health Services to improve the health of people in North Fly District, Western Province.
ExxonMobil PNG also commemorated the day by hosting an awareness session for its employees at its head office and supported the surrounding communities near the LNG Plant Site with its awareness program.
Mosquito nets help keep mosquitoes away from people, and thus greatly reduce the infection and transmission of malaria. The nets are often treated with an insecticide designed to kill the mosquito before it has time to search for a way past the net.
World Malaria Day (WMD) is an international observance commemorated every year on 25 April and recognizes global efforts to control malaria.
ExxonMobil PNG continues to support the health of Papua New Guineans by working hand in hand with health agencies in implementing public health initiatives.