Foam company joins fight against Malaria, launches mosquito repellent – The Nation Newspaper

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APART from its commitment to adding comfort to the lives of the people, Mouka Limited, Nigeria’s leading manufacturer of mattresses and other bedding products, has launched advanced range of insect repellents to keep mosquitoes away from Nigerians. This, it said, is part of its contribution towards the global campaign against malaria. The launch also coincided with this year’s World Malaria Day campaign. The annual World Malaria Day recognises global efforts towards controlling malaria. According to statistics, about 3.3billion people in 106 countries, mostly African children, are at risk of malaria globally. The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) latest world malaria report also revealed that no significant gains were made between in 2015 and 2017, with estimated number of malaria deaths in 2017 alone put at 435, 000. This, according to the world health body, calls for urgent action to get global response against the disease back on track. It also called on most affected countries to take ownership of the challenge. With the theme, ‘Zero Malaria starts with me,’ WHO joined the African Union Commission and other partner organisations in promoting a grassroots campaign aimed at keeping malaria high on the political agenda, mobilise additional resources and empower communities to take ownership of malaria prevention and care. Chief Executive Officer of the Mouka Limited, Raymond Murphy who spoke during the launch of the product in Lagos, said the product, ‘Mouka Mozzi’ insect repellents, would protect many Nigerians from mosquitoes. According to him, Mouka Mozzi also provides protection from bedbugs, mold, bacteria spores, spiders, cockroaches and dust mites. With each application, Murphy said a consumer could enjoy 24 hours protection for up to 3 months, which he said is not possible with insecticides. He said the company became actively involved in the world malaria campaign hence, the need for products that would keep Nigerians free from malaria. “For us it’s important because it’s part of our company culture and part of our values going forward to continue to invest in the research and development of mosquito repellent products here in Nigeria.” “With active ingredients extracts and after extensive research development and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Commission (NAFDAC) approval, we have developed an environmentally friendly product that can be used for all of the family from baby to kids to young adults to elderly citizens. “This product can be safely used by all in the domestic environment; it can be sprayed on mattresses; it can be spread on to fabrics like cloths, and it can be spread on clothing as well.” Murphy said the products have been made available in parts of the country including Sokoto, Kanu, Maidugiri, Abuja, the Southwest and Southeast; adding that consumers don’t have to travel too far from their homes to access a retail point. “Our strategic objective is to make sure that we have Mouka Mozzi range of products easily available nationwide as soon as possible,” he stated. He said the company already has about 350 active distributors across the country, including shopping malls. Dr. Omoniyi Kayode Yemitan, who conducted the chemical evaluation, efficacy and toxicological assessment of Mouka Mozzi, endorsed the products as safe for all members of the family, including pregnant women and young children. Yemitan, is of the Department of Pharmacology, Therapeutic and Toxicology at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. He explained that the active ingredient in Mouka Mozzi was extracted from plants, which makes it non-hazardous to humans. Representing the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olajide Idris, the state Malaria Elimination Programme Manager, Dr. Abimbola Osinowo said the state government has renewed its commitment to tackling malaria using a multi-directional approach, including environmental management and integrated vector control for prevention of malaria, adding that Mouka has taken a step in the right direction with the production of its repellents.