The World Health Organization (WHO) has tasked Nigeria to scale up efforts to fight malaria.
The organization said the country must accelerate the pace of the progress. Adding, they are to achieve a 40% drop in global malaria cases and deaths by 2020, compared to 2015 levels.
WHO regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, made the call in her statement read by the Officer-in-Charge. She urged member states to allocate adequate resources. And to work across sectors and strengthen cross-border collaboration.
The theme for his year’s commemoration of World Malaria Day is “Zero Malaria Starts with me”, She added that the theme stresses the need to empower individuals across the world, to make a personal allegiance to protecting, saving more lives and economies to thrive by abolishing malaria.
In her statement, she said
“We need to accelerate progress as there are significant gaps in the implementation of measures to prevent malaria. Increasing international and domestic funding for malaria prevention and control.”
“We therefore call for renewed political commitment to eliminate malaria and for increased investments on malaria prevention; Control and urge governments to mobilize all necessary internal and external resources and ensure inter-sectoral and cross border collaboration,”