The Rotary Club, District 9125, Nigeria, has said that it’s working with partners and relevant stakeholders to scale up efforts towards elimination of malaria in the country.
The District Governor-elect of District 9125 Nigeria, Dr. Mike Omotosho, in a statement in Abuja also said the organisation is intensifying efforts to speed up results using its existing malaria intervention platforms, Rotarians Eliminating Malaria and Rotarian Malaria Partners.
Rotarians Eliminating Malaria, is a Rotarian Action Group, whose ultimate goal is to eliminate malaria from the face of the earth.
Rotarian Malaria Partners, on its part, the statement said, serves as an anti-malaria project catalyst, bringing financial partner and organisational support to local Rotarians.
According to the statement, Rotary members are on the front lines of the effort to reduce sickness and death from the mosquito-spread illness.
It maintained that “malaria, a mosquito borne infection and communicable disease, has an unbelievably devastating impact on the health and economy of the nation and continent”.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), malaria accounts for almost half a million death of children every year in Africa.
It is also on WHO records that global efforts to control and eliminate the deadly disease have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 42% globally and 49% in Africa.
Every 25th April has been designated by WHO to celebrate World Malaria Day with yearly theme to recommit stakeholders towards the goal of total malaria elimination.
This year’s theme, the statement said is “invest in the future: defeat malaria”.
The statement further urged the people to keep their environment clean; use Long Lasting Insecticide Nets every night, go for test before treatment and treat with ACTs when malaria is diagnosed.