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Malaria: ACOMIN Pleads For An Improved Resistance

As part of its campaign to fight malaria effectively and sustainably, the Civil Society Organization for Malaria Control, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN) has urged the Federal Government to stabilize community health systems and address the disproportionate distribution of health workers.

ACOMIN lamented Nigeria’s high malaria burden and the related deaths yearly. Ayo Ipinmoye, the National Coordinator, who made the call during a meeting in Abuja, noted that efforts to combat the disease would be most effective and trackable when strong health systems are in place.

He said that the most populous black nation has, since 2017, recorded approximately 27 per cent of the global cases and accounted for an estimated 23 per cent of deaths. Both statistics being the highest worldwide.

Ipinmoye stressed that pregnant women and children under the age of five are most vulnerable groups to the ailment.

Dr. Perpetua Uhomoibhi, National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme, stated that the 2021 World Malaria Report presented a rather gloomy picture for Nigeria.

Ahmed Magaji, the National Coordinator, while he was being represented by the Head of the Advocacy Communication and Social Mobilisation, acknowledged that efforts by government and partners had yielded some result in malaria response.