Nigeria will require the sum of N1.89 trillion to stamp out malaria in the country, the federal government has said.

The government also said about N352 billion was needed for the year 2021 program implementation on Malaria.

The Federal Government appealed to corporate organizations, the private sector, as well as spirited bodies to assist it to achieve its target of driving the malaria scourge out of the country.

The breakdown indicates that about 63.1% of the total amount will be used to support Chemoprevention, Diagnosis, and treatment while 35.9% will be used for vector management.

Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire in a speech to commemorate 2021 World Malaria Day, said the years of intensive and dedicated program implementation in Nigeria, indicators have shown a positive trend.

Ehanire said the use of insecticide-treated nets among under-5 children increased from 43.4 percent in 2015 to 52 percent in 2018, also said pregnant women increased the use from 49 percent in 2015 to 58 percent in 2018.

According to him: “Fever testing of under-5 children increased from 5% in 2010 to 11% in 2013, 13% in 2015 and 14% in 2018; but is still too low.

“These measures resulted in a reduction of malaria prevalence from 42% in 2010 to 27% in 2015 and 23% in 2018.

”We expect that when results of the 2021 Malaria Indicator Survey to be conducted later this year are out, a further downward trend will be seen.” he said.

The Minister while giving the rundown of the past activities to stem the tide of malaria parasite in the past years said under the Severe Malaria Retrospective Study, 3,503 cases of severe malaria were treated in 18 secondary health facilities.

“A follow up to the Severe Malaria Clinical Audit done in 2019 revealed an improvement in most of the systems and case-management indicators.

“Quality of Care and standards in Malaria Case Management were rolled out in some states, providing the platform for states’ teams to carry out assessments at health facilities, based on 3 pillars of Quality of care including structure, process and outcome.

“As part of efforts to achieve universal health coverage and household ownership of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) in Nigeria, 17,267,410 ITNs were distributed in six states, using single-phase door-to-door and double phase door-to-door strategies, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the New Net Project (NNP) study commenced in four Local Government Areas in two states, to help accelerate the scale-up of the next generation ITNs, thereby mitigating the increasing resistance to pyrethroid-only nets.

“The programme has developed a five-year new generation malaria strategic plan (NMSP 2021-2025) to sustain gains achieved in the national malaria control effort and chart a pathway towards achieving a malaria-free Nigeria,” Ehanire added.

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