“Malaria policy states that every suspected malaria case must be tested and confirmed before treatment can be administered on patients.
Ezike said that implementing the policy might take time, but would save many lives at the end.
She recommended the use of long-lasting insecticidal net, indoor residual spraying and environmental management as other methods of reducing the burden of malaria in Nigerian communities.
She said that keeping clean environment and eliminating mosquitoes breeding place would ensure low incidence of malaria.
“The National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) says that in Nigeria the disease is responsible for 60 per cent outpatient visits to health facilities, 30 per cent childhood death.
“The financial loss due to malaria annually is estimated to be about N132 billion in form of treatment costs, prevention, loss of man-hours, yet it is a treatable disease.’’ she said.