World Malaria Day: FG Presents Nigerian Nets
- Written by Oluwafemi Olowookere
The Federal Government of Nigeria has publicly presented made in Nigeria long Lasting treated nets produced by TANA NETTING COMPANY.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole presented the nets while briefing the press as part of the activities to mark the 2017 World Malaria Day.
Adewole said that the nets, locally produced in Aba, Abia State would be cheaper than imported once.
According to the Minister, purchasing locally made nets would reduce the large amount of money the Federal Government spends on importing treated nets.
The Minister who is a strong advocate of using made in Nigeria goods said that he was not in support of using tax payer’s money to import a product that could locally be produced here in Nigeria.
While urging healthcare providers to conduct test to confirm that it is malaria before treatment, he called on mothers to ensure that children under five sleep under Insecticide treated nets.
Adewole urged the Nigerian Customs Service and NAFDAC to sustain the efforts in the fight against counterfeit drugs as well as tasked the drug manufacturers to produce qualitative drugs for Nigerians.
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, FMOH, Mrs.Binta Adamu Bello who was represented by Dr. Evelyn Ngige, Director, Department of Public Health said that malaria is one of the public health problems in Nigeria.
She added that over 90% of the population of Nigeria are at risk while children and pregnant women are seems to be more vulnerable to this disease.
The representative of World Health Organizations (WHO) Country Representative, Rex Mpazanje said that malaria is responsible for the death of over 400,000 people around the world each year.
He said that Government, partners and individuals need to reaffirm their commitments towards universal coverage of antimalarial and eventual achievement of a Malaria free Nigeria.
Apart from presentation of made in Nigeria mosquito treated nets, a comic book for school children titled: ‘’The Fight against Malaria’’ was also presented to the public during the event.