AKOR SYLVESTER, Abuja
ROTARY, District 9125, Nigeria said it is working with partners and relevant stakeholders to scale up efforts towards elimination of Malaria in Nigeria.
The District Governor-elect of District 9125 Nigeria, Dr. Mike Omotosho, in a statement in Abuja also said the organization 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 organizational 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.
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.
Omotosho, in the statement, noted that “through individual clubs, our goal is to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality in each community quickly and efficiently through provision of goods, education and other interventions that lower malaria prevalence.