FG, ExxonMo­bil, oth­ers col­lab­o­rate to fight malaria

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ruby Leo

The federal govern­ment is col­lab­o­rat­ing with the pri­vate sec­tor to help elim­i­nate the bur­den of the treat­ment and preven­tion of malaria.

Ex­perts es­ti­mate that it cost Nigeria about N450 bil­lion on the fight against trop­i­cal dis­ease an­nu­ally.

Min­is­ter of state for health Dr. Khaliru Al­has­san speak­ing at the launch of a new cam­paign known as “Nigth­watch” to com­mem­o­rate the world malaria said only the govern­ment could not win the fight against malaria with­out as­sis­tance from pri­vate sec­tor.

The cam­paign is to be co­or­di­nated by an­other part­ner, “Malaria No More” and the Federal Min­istry of Health in two states.

“The theme is very apt to our sit­u­a­tion, given the fact malaria is still a ma­jor threat to pub­lic health of the good people of Nigeria, un­der­min­ing so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and caus­ing the na­tion a whop­ping sum of N450 bil­lion an­nu­ally in treat­ment and pre­ven­tive costs,” he said.

It is re­spon­si­ble for 11% of death in preg­nant women and ac­counts for 30% of all deaths in chil­dren un­der five years of age, the min­is­ter said.

Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the ExxonMo­bil’s up­stream af­fil­i­ates in Nigeria, Mr Nolan O’Neal said the cam­paign was ne­ces­si­tated by the com­pany’s ex­pe­ri­ence of dev­as­tat­ing health and eco­nomic im­pact of malaria in the coun­try.

Rep­re­sented by Gen­eral Man­ager, Abuja of­fice of the cor­po­ra­tion, Mr Ey­i­naya Onakala, O’Neal said: “De­spite be­ing both pre­ventable and treat­able, malaria continues to kill ap­prox­i­mately 627,000 people a year, most of them chil­dren un­der the age of five.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.