Malaria is one of the most deadly diseases in the world. Indices in the country indicated that the dream of a malaria-free nation is far from being realized.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has prayed for the financial, logistics, technical input and also provision of nets, indoor residual spray and other anti-Malaria commodities support of the United State for eradicating malaria by 2020.
This was disclosed by the Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, on Monday at the 2017 World Malaria Day celebration organised by the United State Embassy in FCT, Abuja.
Prof. Isaac Adewole disclosed that the Federal Government of Nigeria was determined to achieve the feat by 2020.
Prof. Isaac Adewole further stated that “Our target is to achieve zero mortality rate from malaria by 2020, very ambitious target but do-able, we can achieve it that no Nigerian died of malaria by 2020.
“We are working together with the Governors Forum to build a strong alliance on health system, to treat malaria with the prevention of malaria and make sure we take malaria off the street.
“I use this occasion to solicit for more support to enable us achieve a pre-elimination phase in 2020.”
That USAID/Presidential Malaria Initiative covered 11 states with a substantial investment of about $490 million.
That the effort showed that malaria was being attacked at all fronts by the supporting partners, indicating that malaria would soon be over in the country.
“A look at some of the indices showed that we are still far from our dream of malaria-free Nigeria. Our current Malaria Strategic Plan which is meant to lead us to pre-elimination, has been praised for being focused and articulate, but it is coming at a time when the resources for malaria control are dwindling”.
That the Federal Ministry of Health under his leadership would account for “every penny” donated to the cause, noting that the government had allocated more resources to malaria control programme in the 2017 budget.
Also speaking at the event, United State Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, David Young urges Nigerians to be committed to sleeping in a treated bed net every night to end malaria.
David Young also disclosed that the use of chloroquine in treating malaria is dangerous because it does not cure the disease.
That “Ending malaria for good is achievable if we play our individual and collective roles, remember that malaria is preventable-ensure that you and all members of your household sleep under a treated bed net every night,”
At the closing note, Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health commended the United State Agency for International Development for its support which the Prof disclosed to include financial, logistics, technical input and also provision of nets, indoor residual spray and other anti-Malaria commodities.