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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Today Is World Malaria Day


Anambra state today joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Malaria day. 

World Malaria day is annually observed on April 25th to promote efforts that provide effective control of Malaria Worldwide.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike explained that Malaria is a threatening disease caused by parasite that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes.

Speaking on this years theme (Ready To Beat Malaria) Commissioner Akabuike said that the theme is in line with the commitment of the state government,Nigeria and global World to beat malaria.

According to him all that is needed to curb the disease is attainable and pointed out that malaria is preventable and curable, adding that as part of activities to mark the day, the state is partnering Queen Cynthia Foundation and other interested groups that are ready to help government carry the campaign massage to the grass root.

Commissioner Akabuike explained that the groups commenced the Day's activities by going to the churches to sensitize people and distribute treated mosquito nets to them, while on Monday the groups extended the malaria campaign massage to hard to reach areas and today Wednesday they will be soccer competition between Ifeanyi Uba Female team and the most beautiful girls in Nigeria as well as dinner where those that supported government and communities in championing the war against malaria will be honoured to mark the Day.

He also advised people to always keep their surrounding clean by cutting grasses, clear drainage and water logs where mosquitoes breed .

Contributing the Anambra state Programme Manager for Malaria Elimination Control, Pharmacist Nnonso Ndibe said that the state has gone far in eliminating malaria explaining that government has procured and distributed thousands of mosquitoe treated nets, trained nurses ,doctors and other health Workers to help stop Malaria.


By Nneka Anoliefo

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