Abuja (Ministry of Health Report) – The Federal Government has called on stakeholders in the health sector to renew their commitment and provide resources to ensure that the fight against malaria in the country is successful.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole made this call recently while briefing the press as part of the activities to commemorate 2019 World Malaria Day. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” and the slogan is “Join Me”.
Prof. Adewole informed participants that simple things like keeping the environment clean; sleeping under a long lasting insecticide treated nets etc are different ways to combat malaria. He encouraged the masses not to leave the fight against malaria to the federal government alone as everyone has a role to play.
On resource mobilization, the Minister said, “I want to use this opportunity to call on all of us to double our efforts in resource mobilization in support of malaria elimination. The huge resources required to combat malaria in the country can only be acquired through contributions from government, Global Fund for Aids Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), Roll Back Malaria Partners as well as Private Sectors”.
In his remarks, the Chairman, World Malaria Day 2019, Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje appealed to all Nigerians to consider the fight against malaria as a priority.
He called on media and the general public to spread information about Malaria prevention, care and treatment.