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Nigeria’s Malaria Prevalence Reduces From 42 To 20% – Ehanire

Nigeria’s Malaria prevalence has reduced from forty two percent to twenty percent in the last ten years.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire disclosed this at the Launch and Dissemination of the 2021 National Malaria Indicator Survey Report and the
National ACSM Strategy and Implementation Guide in Abuja.

According to him, Malaria still remains a major public health challenge in Nigeria despite substantial efforts by the Federal Government and other International Donors to reduce the prevalence and impact of the disease,.

To this end the Federal Ministry of Health through its National Malaria Elimination Programme conducts a periodic Nigeria Malaria Indicator Survey to garner the needed information to help Nigeria eliminate malaria in the country.

Launching the National Malaria Indicator Survey
Report and the National ACSM Strategy and Implementation Guide, the Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire while reiterating the Federal Governments commitment to eliminating malaria in the country said government’s concerted efforts were yielding results as there has been significant decline in the prevalence rate of the disease in Nigeria.

On his part the Minister of State for Health Joseph Nkama said the available data gathered will help in putting in place concrete measures that would guarantee a malaria free Nigeria.

in her presentation the National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme Perpetual Umomoibhi called for more funding and political will to enable Nigeria attain its goal of a malaria free country.

Stakeholders at the event also stressed the need to influence the lifestyles of Nigerians to help in eliminating malaria in the nearest future.

By Aisha Adesanya,Edited by Grace Namiji

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