Rose Audu, Staff Reporter |
The federal government has set a target to eradicate malaria and reduce the mortality rate to less than 50 deaths per 1,000 births by the year 2025.
This was made known by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, at a press briefing to mark the World Malaria Day in Abuja.
While giving his brief on the action of government to combat the disease in the country and completely wipe it out, Osagie explained that at least N1.89 trillion would be needed to achieve the target.
He noted that the country has witnessed a reduction in Malaria prevalence in recent times; he attributed the success to government efforts and the cooperation of the citizens.
While he acknowledged the roles of the private sector in Malaria control in Nigeria, the minister called for better synergy to eliminate the disease completely by the year 2025.
In the same vein, the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora identified the need for all stakeholders to collaborate in fight against Malaria in the country and Africa as a whole. According to him, “It is a war that must be won.”
On his part, World Health Organization representative (WHO), Walter Kazadi Molombo at the briefing stressed the need for collective action across sectors to tackle the menace in Nigeria.