Nigeria may have recorded remarkable success in its fight against malaria, more still needs to be done to completely end the disease.
The United States Government has announced a $300 million commitment towards achieving this, while asking government to increase efforts in eliminating the disease.
The Deputy Chief of Missions at the U.S. Embassy, David Young, noted that ending malaria in Nigeria would prevent over 80 million illnesses and more than 300,000 related deaths each year.
He further stressed the need for both Federal and State governments to develop the primary healthcare through significant funding.
in their separate remarks, Malaria Ambassador and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulazeez Yari, as well as the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, disclosed how far they have been working to intervene, especially with funds from donor agencies.
They promised to ensure transparency and accountability in projects geared towards a reduction of the malaria scourge.
“All pregnant women are being given the needs and drugs for free in all State Government-owned hospitals and other health facilities.
“I will like to assure that Zamfara State government will continue to sustain the fight against malaria,” Governor Yari said.
“We will account for every Kobo, Naira and Dollar that you give to us. Take malaria out of the table, room, environment, this country; many things will change, and maternal mortality and under-five mortality will significantly improve.
“The contribution of the workforce to economic development will also significantly change,” Professor Adewole also said