Leading consumer goods company, Procter&Gamble says it has donated over 1.5 million additional Pampers® diapers to Federal and State governments to promote child and maternal health care in Nigeria.
According to a statement from the company, this came under the P&G’s Pampers® Rigakafi II program, as Food for Good initiative.
It made the announcement at the official handover of the items to the Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora, in Abuja.
It added that since the launch of the Pampers® Rigakafi program early this year, it has donated over 3.5 million diapers to Federal and State governments including Kebbi, Ogun, Adamawa, Niger and Anambra states.
Other beneficiaries, P&G stated include the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.
This it noted was in line with the company’s commitment to doing good, and it launched the program was launched with the aim of impacting health outcomes of thousands of infants and mothers in participating communities.
Speaking on this initiative, P&G Senior Director for Africa, Global Government Relations and Public Policy, Dr (Mrs) Temitope Iluyemi said, “P&G remains committed to touching and improving the lives of people in the communities where we live and work.
“Through our Pampers® Rigakafi program, we want to advance the quality of life for children and mothers to ensure they are provided with adequate healthcare.
“As a force for good and a force for growth, we are confident of the significant role we play in ensuring we can encourage an improvement in the health of infants across rural and peri-urban areas across Nigeria.
“We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to join forces with Federal and State governments to scale up efforts in mitigating concerns over the health and hygiene of children as well as mothers through increased immunization and antenatal care programs.”
In his remarks, Dr Mamora, said safe and healthy hygiene habits were particularly critical to the health of infants and in order to achieve this, it was crucial to engage in effective partnerships.
He said, “Therefore, we appreciate P&G for collaborating to accomplish better healthcare and hygiene for children through the donation of Pampers® diapers which will encourage immunisation to prevent childhood diseases.”
For over 25 years in Nigeria, Procter & Gamble, producer of notable brands like Always®, Ariel®, Pampers®, Gillette®, Oral B® and Safeguard®, has been an active investor in Nigeria, creating over 4,000 jobs through its manufacturing operations in Ibadan and Lagos and its world -class distributor centre in Agbara.