By Matthew Abi
The Federal Ministry of Health has assured Nigerians that government was fully committed towards malaria elimination in the country.
The Hon.Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole said the Federal government had developed innovative programs that would increase access to funds for malaria program implementation.
He spoke at the commemoration of the 2019 World Malaria Day with a theme, “Zero Malaria Starts with me” in Abuja Thursday.
“Every Nigerian has a role to play from the artisan on the street to the Chief Executive in the office, there is a simple thing we can do, keeping our environment clean, sleeping inside long lasting insecticidal Nets and so forth.
“According to world health report, Nigeria still accounts for 25% of the global malaria burden, we also account for 19% of deaths from malaria, Adewole said.
He said the Federal government was in the process of setting up an expert group comprising of researchers in the field of malaria to guide on country strategies for malaria elimination in the country.
Recall that in 2013, malaria was responsible for 2 out of 10 deaths in children less than 5 years, as against 30 % in previous years.