Minister urges increased collaboration in fight against malaria
Written by Morenike Adebayo on April 26, 2016
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has called for increased collaboration among stakeholders on malaria control, care and prevention in the country. He made the call at the commemoration of the 2016 World Malaria Day on Monday in Abuja.
Represented by the Director of Family Health, Dr Wapada Balami, Adewole said Nigeria spends four hundred and eighty billion naira for the prevention and treatment of malaria every year. He added that it is disheartening that most of this amount comes from individual pockets of already impoverished Nigerians.
He said the government is determined to address the situation, by increasing Malaria funding through an invigorated ten thousand Primary Health Care Centres Initiative.
Meanwhile, the president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has said individuals must take personal responsibility to end malaria in their various homes through proper hygiene, the use of insecticide-treated mosquito net, early diagnosis and proper treatment of malaria.
A new report by the World Health Organization has stated that four hundred thousand persons died of malaria infections in 2015.