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In Oyo, fight against malaria heightens



OYO State Government has called for urgent action to set the world back on a trajectory towards achieving the 2030 targets of the World Health Organisation Global Malaria Strategy.

  The state Commissioner for Health, Taiwo Ladipo stated this in Ibadan at a programme to commemorate this year’s World Malaria Day on Monday.

  Dr Ladipo expressed concern that even though malaria is preventable, it has continued to have a devastating effect on people especially children under age five.

  The commissioner said malaria claimed about the life of 300,000 children in Nigeria annually, while it accounted for 70 per cent of hospital attendance in all age groups.

  According to the commissioner, the World Health Organisation (W H O) has observed that between 2000 and 2015, there was a steady advance in lowering the global burden of malaria, but such was stalled in recent years in some sub Sahara African countries and Nigeria.

  He called for effective collaboration between health care providers and the World Health Organisation to reduce the scourge of malaria.

  In an address, Chairman of Ibadan North Local Government, Mr Saheed Yusuf appreciated all the stakeholders on malaria prevention and called for more support for the state government.

   Coordinator, Breakthrough Action Nigeria, Oyo State office, Oluwatoyin Afachang, observed that expectant mothers and children were more vulnerable to malaria, noting that efforts are ongoing in the communities to ensure early detection of malaria symptoms, provide access to free malaria tests and treatment.

  She added that efforts were equally geared toward early enrolment of expectant mothers for antenatal care and free malaria prevention drugs.

  Mrs Afachang emphasised the need for everyone to cultivate the habits of using insecticide mosquito nets, refrain from self-medication and complete antimalarial drugs when tested to prevent resistance.

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