Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr Theophilus Odagme, has stated that Nigeria accounts for 32 percent of global annual malaria-related deaths.
The commissioner stated this in a state broadcast to mark this year’s World Malaria Day.
Odagme, who informed that malaria is still a major public health problem, said about 200,600 malaria related deaths occur each year in Nigeria.
He said it is against this backdrop that the present administration through its commitment to combat the menace and eradicate malaria, had in the last one year, distributed mosquito nets free of charge to residents.
“Malaria is still a major public health problem; Nigeria accounted for 32 percent of the global annual estimate of 627,000 malaria deaths (WMR 2014). This is about 200,640 deaths. The importance of malaria to this government cannot be overemphasised.
“The 2016 World Malaria Day’s, WMD, Theme is “End Malaria for Good” and the slogan is “Yes, its Achievable”. This invariably re-iterates the commitment of the government to ensure that it comes to an end.
“May I again use today to remind the entire people of Rivers State of the National Malaria Policy which states that “The federal, state, local government and private health sector hereby commit themselves and all the people to intensive action to attain the goal of malaria-free Nigeria, that is, a country where malaria is no longer a public health problem and malaria related deaths is less than 1:100,000 population.
“As part of our response in achieving these targets, we have distributed anti-malarial commodities such as Artemisinin Combination Therapy, ACTs, and LLINs through our third party logistics. The Riders for Health,” he said.
April 25 has been set aside as World Malaria Day, to highlight the gravity of malaria in Africa since 2009.

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