RMTIMENG—National Association of Women Journalists (NAWAOJ) has harped on the need for a strong political will towards eliminating malaria in Nigeria, stressing that as a country that bears the brunt of the malaria burden, Nigeria should lead the cause to stamp out malaria by 2030.
NAWOJ also urged individuals to take personal responsibility to eliminate malaria in the country, asserting zero malaria begins with every Nigerian.
The association made the call in a statement signed by its National President Ladi Bala and National Secretary Helen Udofa, to mark the World Malaria Day being observed on April 25.
The statement referred to the 2019 World Malaria Report, which noted Nigeria as having the highest number of global malaria cases (25% of global malaria cases) in 2018 and accounted for the highest number of deaths (24% of global malaria deaths).
“NAWOJ says that this alarming figure is unacceptable and stresses that with this year’s theme: “Zero Malaria, Draw the Line Against Malaria,” is an indication that malaria is preventable, therefore every malaria death is unacceptable,” it stated.
“If we are aiming for zero malaria by this year, there is the need for a strong primary health care system that must ensure access to malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment services.”
NAWOJ added: “It is imperative for Nigerians to imbibe the culture of sleeping under insecticide-treated mosquito net particularly pregnant women and children from age zero to five.”
“Eliminating mosquitos breeding sites as well as proper sanitation of surroundings will help in the fight against the disease.”
The journalists called on women groups, and non-governmental organisations and relevant bodies to intensify advocacy and awareness campaigns to enlist the support of all and sundry in the fight against the disease.