Oyo state government wants effective collaboration between health care providers and the world health organization, W H O, to reduce the scourge of Malaria.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Taiwo Ladipo stated this in Ibadan at a programme to commemorate this year’s World Malaria Day.

Dr Ladipo expressed concern that despite the fact that Malaria is preventable, it has continued to have a devastating effect on people especially children under age five.

The Commissioner Malaria claimed about 300,000 children live in Nigeria annually while it accounted for seventy per cent of hospital attendance in all age groups.

According to the Commissioner, the World Health Organization, W H O, has observed that between 2000 and 2015, there was a steady advance in lowering the global burden of Malaria, but such was stalled in recent years in some Sub Sahara African countries and Nigeria.

Dr Ladipo, therefore, called for urgent action to set the World back on a trajectory toward achieving the 2030 targets of the WHO global Malaria strategy.

In an address, Chairman of Ibadan North local government, Mr Saheed Yusuf appreciated all the Stakeholders on Malaria prevention and called for more support for the state government.

The State Coordinator, Breakthrough Action Nigeria, Oyo State office, Mrs Oluwatoyin Afachang, observed that expectant mothers and children were more vulnerable to malaria, noting that efforts are ongoing in the communities to ensure early detection of malaria symptoms, provide access to free malaria tests and treatment.

She added that efforts were equally geared toward early enrolment of expectant mothers for antenatal care and free malaria prevention drugs.

Mrs Afachang emphasized the need for everyone to cultivate the habits of using insecticide mosquito nets, refrain from self-medication and complete antimalarial drugs when tested to prevent resistance.

RadioNig/Cynthia Akere

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