BY ONUMINYA YUSUF, Sokoto –
No fewer than 97 per cent of Nigerians are at the risk of having malaria, Senior Technical Adviser, on Social Mobilization to United States Agency For International Development (USAID) in Nigeria has said.
Usman, who added that, 30 per cent of child mortality in Nigeria is caused by malaria, said that malaria accounts for 1 per cent loss in Nigeria, GDP.
Speaking to journalists in Sokoto during a workshop on “Long Lasting Insecticidal Replacement campaign,” Usman tasked media practitioners to always champion public enlightenment on the dangers of malaria.
“Media professionals have major role to play in curbing this menace, as 97 per cent of Nigerians are at risk of having malaria,” he added.
According to Usman, USAID in collaboration with Centre For Disease Control (CDC) are making efforts to stamp out malaria in the year 2020.
While calling for collective efforts towards curbing the menace of malaria, Usman said, they have developed three strategies in curbing cursory effects of malaria.
He explained the strategies to include prevention of malaria through the use of Long Lasting Treated Net, early diagnosis and prompt treatment of malaria patient.
Expressing worry over poor attitude towards treated nets usage by many, Usman reminded Nigerians that, US spent billions of dollars in procuring this nets, which are distributed for free.
He added that, USAID has concluded plans to distribute 2.9 million of LLINS in Sokoto as part of the replacement campaign which will start by December 2017.
The USAID technical adviser further divulged that, training is ongoing for service providers to help enlighten households to collect card before the net will be given to them.
Usman added that, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal will flag off the distribution campaign on 14th December 2017 before the formal distribution will commence from 15th to 19th December 2017 across the state.
He praised Sokoto State government, saying it is the only state that has an agency for malaria elimination.