Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Reckitt Benckiser (RB) have assured residents of Ogun State and Nigeria at large of effective provision of healthy and hygienic products.
However, the governor explained his administration is ready to give more support to Reckitt Benckiser to enable them to build more factories and produce more healthy and hygienic products in the state to ensure healthy living among residents of Ogun State.
The governor made this call when officials of Reckitt Benckiser paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Ogun State to commemorate the 2017 World Health Day. “RB, with over 53 years existence has a strong portfolio of global brands in health, hygiene and home solutions such as dettol, durex, harpic, mortein, among others, they have contributed a lot in healthy living among people of Ogun State.”
RB’s Senior Vice President for Africa, Mr. Ataur Rashid Safdar, who led the delegation, explained that RB’s Vision for Nigeria is where people are healthier and live better.
Safdar said: “Our products are aimed at reducing mortality from preventable diseases like diarrhea, malaria in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of 2030. The programme will improve public health and sanitation which will reduce increase in disease infections in the country.
“In addition to manufacturing investments in Ogun State, RB through its ‘Clean Naija’ programme aims at increasing the intensity of education and awareness building in the state among mothers and school children to drive a culture of good health and hygiene lifestyle.
“We would later in the year, commission a world class redistribution warehouse in Ogun State as part of the new marketing strategy to distribute our products across Nigeria and West Africa.
“Ogun State is very critical to the nation’s development because of its investment friendly climate and policies, which we commend the development of the state and the nation at large.”
Ministry of Health Lagos State also held a Press Briefing to commemorate World Health Day titled “depression, let us talk, held in Alausa Ikeja.
The Commissioner for Health Lagos State Dr. Jide Idris said vision of government is to provide opportunity where every citizen can excel, be productive actualize their dreams without fear of danger and live long healthy lives by encouraging healthy lifestyle and creating access to qualitative healthcare and ensuring universal health coverage.
Idris said: “In the context of the right to health, this is a premium good that every government must ensure in line with her social contract with the people.”
“Mental health disorders impose an enormous diseases burden on societies globally. Worsened by low levels of investment and effective treatment coverage, mental disorders also have serious economic consequences.”