WRITTEN BY CHIBUZOR OKOYE
Miral Pharmaceuticals Nigeria Limited, has introduced an essay competition for all undergraduate students of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Dr Onyeka Onyibo disclosed this at the Agulu Campus of the University, during a press briefing.
Correspondent Chibuzor Okoye quotes Dr Onyibo as saying that the essay competition with the theme “End malaria for Good” was conceptualized to help generate ideas that will aid scientists in discovering a drug that will totally eliminate malaria from the society.
Dr Onyibo who said that the company provides healthcare products and services at community level to quality conscious and price sensitive people, revealed that they chose the university for the essay project, because it is a haven for generation of ideas and made it known that first prize is one year scholarship plus an advocacy visit to India, second prize, one year scholarship and a laptop while third prize is one year scholarship as well as twenty consolation prizes.
The Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Professor Joseph Ahaneku represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), professor Carol Arinze-Umeobi, commended the Company for choosing the University for the maiden edition of the competition in Nigeria and regretted that Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, records more than thirty-five per cent of malaria related deaths in the world adding that malaria treatment alone costs the Federal government about one point five billion U.S. dollars annually and assured that the
institution will give them all necessary support required to make the competition actualize its objectives.
Also speaking, Mrs Ifenyinwa Ugo Amadi of the Miral Group, maintained that they are into health promotions, health provisions and health advocacy, adding that the essay will be marked based on structure, content, perspective, style and language and ingenuity of participants, advising all those involved to shun plagiarism.
A lecture on the State of malaria at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, was also given by Professor Uzochukwu Ikemefuna, who is also a Professor of medicinal Chemistry.
Other dignitaries at the event were the Dean Faculty of Social Sciences of the University, Professor Stella Okunna, Mrs Ifeoma Modebe of the Department of Community Medicine of Nnewi Campus of the University, National Coordinator People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder, Mrs Aisha Edwards, students of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Institution, among others.
The organizers said that entries for the essay competition will end on first March 2017.