Sanlam supports Oshakati’s anti-Malaria campaign

OSHAKATI; Sanlam Namibia on Tuesday donated 10 spray pumps and 70 sachets of insecticide worth some N.dollars 30 000 to the anti-Malaria campaign of the Oshakati Town Council.

The equipment will cater for 140 households in the Oshakati West area, with the purpose to kill mosquito populations and thus reduce the transmission of the Malaria disease at the town.

Sanlam’s area manager in the Far North, George Uukelo on Tuesday officially handed over the donation to Oshakati mayor Onesmus Shilunga. The town’s deputy mayor Ndamononghenda Hamunyela and councillor Johannes Shilongo also attended the event.

“Let us take note that all people, from adults to young children, are prone to mosquito bites and are left vulnerable to catching this life-threatening disease (Malaria) if they do not protect themselves,” Uukelo stated in his donation handing-over address.

He said preserving the lives that are threatened by Malaria is in line with his company’s corporate social responsibility to contribute to public health and safety.

However, this should not only fall on the shoulders of the government, Uukelo noted, adding that the private and public sectors are responsible for assisting the government and work hand-in-hand to establish a stable foundation for the nation.

In accepting the donation, Shilunga commended the Sanlam management for making a deliberate decision to support the community of Oshakati through his council in its quest to eliminate Malaria from the town.

The Oshakati Town Council’s anti-Malaria campaign started some two months ago with the fumigation of all water bodies around Oshakati, while it continued with the distribution of mosquito nets to the residents.

“So far, we distributed over 23 000 nets and I am certain that over 70 per cent of the Oshakati population is securely sleeping under mosquito nets,” Shilunga explained.

The mayor promised that the donated mosquito spray pumps and chemicals will be effectively utilised to the benefit of the town’s residents.

It is the first time the Oshakati Town Council acquires its own mosquito pumps. It used to borrow such equipment from the local hospital.