Nigeria’ll spend N1.89tn to wipe out malaria, says FG

 Nigeria’ll spend N1.89tn to wipe out malaria, says FG
Federal Government would spend N1.89 trillion to wipe out malaria in Nigeria, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said.

According to him, about N352 billion was needed for the year 2021 program implementation on malaria.

Ehanire said this in a text he presented to mark the 2021 World Malaria Day, obtained by journalists on Sunday evening in Abuja.

He, therefore, appealed to corporate organizations, the private sector, and patriotic Nigerians to offer the country a bailout with a view to achieving its target of wiping out malaria.

Ehanire said the N1.89 trillion was specifically needed for the implementation of the New Strategic Plan on malaria.

“As stated earlier, the goal of this plan is to achieve a parasite prevalence of less than 10 percent and reduce mortality attributable to malaria to less than 50 deaths per 1,000 live births by 2025. The implementation of the New Strategic Plan will cost N1.89 trillion”, the Minister emphasized.

He said 63.1 per cent of the total amount would be used to support Chemoprevention, diagnosis, and treatment, while 35.9 percent will be used for vector control.

The minister, who said the use of insecticide-treated nets among under-five children increased from 43.4 percent in 2015 to 52 percent in 2018, also said pregnant women increased its use from 49 per cent in 2015 to 58 per cent in 2018.

He said, “Fever testing of under-five children increased from 5 percent in 2010 to 11 per cebt in 2013, 13 percent in 2015 and 14 pee cent in 2018; but is still too low.

Ayomide Oyewole

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