Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole Folorunsho has disclosed that efforts is on top gear to ensure that no citizen of the country dies from malaria or malaria-related illness from 2020.
The Minster said adequate measures was being taken towards ensuring that, malaria is completely exterminated from Nigeria by 2025 ahead of the global target of 2030, advised that all hands must be on deck towards realizing this target.
Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who spoke at one of the occasion to mark World Malaria Day, divulged that the state has received trachoma drug donation worth over 3bn from both the federal government and other partners, governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal disclosed.
According to him, the drugs will be distrusted in 12 local government of the state stressed that, his administration is concern about the health of the citizenry.
Tambuwal further decried that Nigeria alone accounts for nearly 40 percent of the estimated total death globally from malaria related illness.
While insisting that the scenario was alarming, Tambuwal maintained that, sound health is the foundation of any meaningful development.
Tambuwal had informed that free medical care for pregnant mothers and children under the age of 5 across the state will continue to have priority in his administration, added that, he is aware of the negative consequences of malaria and other neglected tropical diseases on both human and economic growth of the country.
“The fight against these diseases requires collective efforts. Drugs worth billions of Naira from the inception of the programs were provided through the joint efforts of Federal Ministry of Health, Partners and State Government. Recently, the State Government received a donation of Trachoma drugs worth N3.1 Billion which will be distributed in 12 LGAs of Isa, Sabon Birni, Goronyo, Rabah, Bodinga, Binji, Tangaza, Kware, Silame, Wamakko, Illela and Gada among others.”