In a bid to eradicate malaria, experts in insect killer pesticide, RB Nigeria Limited, has pledged continued support in achieving total elimination of the disease in Nigeria.
Marketing Director, RB West Africa, Oguzhan Silivrili, said the company plans to support the new five-year National Malaria Strategic Plan announced recently by the Federal Government.
Silivrili said the company’s product, has been at the forefront of the fight against malaria in Nigeria using a number of initiatives targeted at empowering Nigerians so that ‘’together we can defeat malaria.’’ We believe malaria can be eliminated in Nigeria which is the reason Mortein owned by RB Nigeria, is championing the cause for a malaria-free Nigeria.’’
He also disclosed that the company’s collaborative efforts on anti-malaria campaign includes strategic partnerships with the National Malaria Elimination Programme, NMEP the Federal Ministry of Health on the elimination of malaria, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, NANNM and other relevant government bodies.
“In the last few years, we have gone around Nigeria with our Mortein Anti-Malaria campaign to equip Nigerians with the right information they need to protect themselves from mosquitoes and stay healthy.
Our New Mum Programmes, NMP has reached approximately 5 million new moms in the hospitals since inception; we also have the mobile clinic, Health On Wheels, HOW going door-to-door across Nigeria and open market activations across Nigeria”, he noted.
Silivrili added that over 10,000 mums have been reached through activation at the Primary Health Centres across Nigeria just as many more are being reached through the Church and Mosque activations pan-Nigeria even as other platforms are being designed to reach more Nigerians. He said 500,000 moms would be reached this year.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Linus Awute, noted that efforts put in to fight against malaria since year 2000 have significantly reduced maternal child mortality in Nigeria. He emphasized the need for more collaboration and explained that the National Malaria Strategic Plan 2014-2020 was the result of a painstaking effort after the grand initiative of the Federal Ministry of Health supported by development partners. According to him, the partnership has enabled the ministry to come up with the strategic plan, which is a credible template for mutual accountability in the effort targeted at malaria management and elimination in the country.
The National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme, NMEP, Dr. Nnenna Ezeigwe, in her overview of the National Malaria Strategic Plan, explained that the plan was developed as a road map for a coordinated fight against malaria in Nigeria derived from the national Strategic Health Development Plan. “Before now Nigeria had implemented three previous plans. 2001 to 2005 the plan was developed immediately after African summit on roll back malaria on 25 April of 2000, it launched Nigeria into the RBM (Roll Back Malaria) initiative”, she said.
She stressed that in 2006 to 2009 the Malaria Strategic Plan focused on vulnerable groups, pregnant women, children under 5 years and people living with HIV and AIDS as the primary target for intervention. Between 2009 and 2013 the plan had the theme “scaling up for impact”, during which Nigeria witnessed rapid scale-up of fund intervention to achieve impact through universal equitable access for all nations at risk as well as to provide the impetus for reorientation towards elimination.
Dr. Ezeigwe said, “The goal of the strategic plan for 2014 to 2020 is to achieve pre-elimination status and reduce malaria related death to zero by the year 2020. It was developed in close collaboration with the Roll Back Malaria partners and other stakeholders including other tiers of government and civil society organisations. It was principally based on the findings of the malaria programme that took place between 2013 and 2014 and WHO recommendations.”

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