By John Michael
Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has urged the new local government chairmen and councilors in the 18 local government areas in the state to immediately key into the template designed by the state government for the roll back malaria project in the state.
Obaseki gave the directive on Wednesday on the occasion of the s World Malaria Day celebrated yearly on April 25.
According to the governor, “This year’s theme: ‘Ready to Beat Malaria,’ will reinvigorate and bolster the fight against malaria, by the state government with support from international agencies and other stakeholders.”
He noted that the phased construction of 500 Primary Health Care centres across the state would strengthen the state government’s health care architecture and serve more people in the hinterlands.
“The needless deaths resulting from malaria and the household expenditure on malaria are unacceptable. We are engaging our elected local government officials to take the Roll Back Malaria campaign to every door step. They will scale up the distribution of the Long Lasting Insecticidal nets where necessary and sustain the trend at the ward level.”
He maintained that such aggressive strategy aimed at preventing people from mosquito bite coupled with access to quality health care facility in their domain, is a sure way to keeping the illness at bay.
Obaseki advised residents in the state to keep their environment clean always to depopulate mosquitoes and clear their neighbourhoods of breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
He urged women, especially pregnant women and children to imbibe the culture of sleeping in screened environment, and assured that the state government’s robust health care plan is a mix of proactive and reactive strategies with an affordable health insurance component that will guarantee quality life.
The World Health Organisation says this year’s theme “underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria.”
The global body said the theme “highlights the remarkable progress achieved in tackling one of humanity’s oldest diseases, while also calling out worrying trends as captured in the 2017 World malaria report.
WHO maintained that “Without urgent action, the major gains in the fight against malaria are under threat, assuring that it will “continue to call for greater investment and expanded coverage of proven tools that prevent, diagnose and treat malaria.”