NIGERIAN Inter-Faith Action Association, NIFAA, has commenced the training of over 60 religious leaders from both the Christian and Muslim faiths in Nasarawa State on demand creation for malaria commodities in the state.
Executive director of the association, Bishop Sunday Onuoha disclosed this while speaking at the flag off/zonal training on faith community engagement to create demand for malaria commodities held in Lafia, the state capital, yesterday.
He explained that the training, which was in collaboration with the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative, HC3, was aimed at creating demand for malaria commodities through the involvement of religious leaders who he said were strategically placed to create awareness amongst their followers.
Onuoha noted that the need for collective fight against malaria which he described as one of the killer diseases caused by mosquito bite had become necessary as the menace has no regards for religion, tribe or gender sentiments.
“The training of our religious leaders selected through the JNI and CAN is intend to harness resources available through the instrumentality of awareness creation in order to get the people at grassroots make effective use of the Long Lasting Insecticide Nets.
“We know that people listen to the religious leaders when they create awareness on such issues and we feel it is imperative to engage in this life-saving intervention for the betterment of our people and the society in general.”
In a remark, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Iya who acknowledged that NIFAA had contributed significantly in combating the menace of malaria in the state, assured that his ministry would continue to partner the organisation in that regard.
Speaking separately in their goodwill messages, the state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Bishop Joseph Masin, representative of the Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and the Emir of Azara, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim, applauded NIFAA for its initiative and urged relevant stakeholders to support the quest by the organisation to combat malaria in the state.


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