09 June 2021 by Florence Adewale
The National Malaria Elimination Control Program has called for concerted efforts to strengthen the fight against malaria in the country.
The National Coordinator, Civil Society in Malaria Control Immunization and Nutrition, Mr. Ayo Ipinmoye who made the call at a news conference in Abuja said necessary precaution and personal hygiene during the rainy season would go a long way to reduce the spread.
“A special message needs to go to our communities. The rain is here, but it comes with pools of stagnant water. The stagnant pools enable mosquitoes to lay their eggs in stagnant water and when the egg hatches the population of mosquitoes increases.”
According to him, malaria vaccines are under clinical tests and urged stakeholders at all levels to utilize funds made available by partners to support government in tackling malaria and other diseases.
In his words “The Malaria vaccines is still being developed, it is still going through clinical trials before it can be released and administered to the citizens, but until that is being done, we need to continue to do what we are doing. Advocate for more resources, sensitize people on hygiene and to value and utilise available resources through interventions to eradicate malaria in the country.”
In a remark the Communication Officer National Malaria Elimination Control Programme Eunice Subair, said the Federal government would not hesitate to partner organisations to support its programmes that would improve the well being of Nigeria.
Also representative of the Catholic Relief Service, Maureen Okoro pledged her organisation’s commitment in engaging more of sensitization especially at the grassroots for the need to sleep under treated mosquitoe nets and seasonal malaria chemoprevention.