The founder of Ned Nwoko Foundation and convener of ‘Let’s Eradicate Malaria In Africa,’ Hon Prince (Dr) Ned Munir Nwoko, has given details of his experience during his anti-malaria expedition to Antarctica and the South Pole.
In an exclusive interview released by his media aides, the first Nigerian to visit the South Pole described the region as the ‘strangest continent in the world, and added that, ‘it feels like not part of this world.’
He further said that the average temperature was between -25 and -65 degrees. And added that he took two separate flights and 12-hours to travel from Wolf fang to South pole, using a specially converted (land on ice) Basler 1943 aircraft.
He further stated, ‘there was Extreme cold, 24hrs daylight (no darkness), no airport, no immigration or custom, no land except glaciers and few rocks, no shops, no hotels.’
He went on to say, ‘I slept in body bags inside tents, Very windy and that the South pole has a population of fewer than 5000 people, who are all research scientists from America, Uk, Germany, India, Russia, South Africa, and some few other countries.
The rare Nigerian patriot revealed that only 12 countries have had their flags hoisted at the South Pole and that him hoisting the Nigerian flag there, made Nigeria the 13th country to establish her presence in the continent.
He advised that ‘Nigeria must take effective steps to ratify the 1961 treaty.’ As he noted that 80% of the world’s freshwater is contained in the glaciers of Antarctica.
He described his experience as terrible but noted that it was worth it. He said he showered twice in the week, ate frozen food brought from cape town and that he wore 7 layers of special thermal cloths, 2 hand gloves, and heavy boots.
He also reported that human waste (solid and liquid) are collected and sent back to Cape Town and that nothing is left behind including normal refuse.
In the end, he was emphatic that he achieved his mission objectives for the expedition.
As he put it, ‘I am happy that I met my objectives for the trip which is to create awareness for the eradication of malaria in Africa, I met some scientists for the research for vaccine and the company that has done fumigation in Malaysia and Florida.
He concluded by saying, ‘It is now time for work!’
Let’s Eradicate Malaria In Africa.
Eradicating malaria is for everyone.. Hon Prince Ned Nwoko
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