World Malaria Day: Amaechi restates committment to fight Malaria
Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi has pledged his resolve to fully support the Federal Government in the fight against malaria.
Governor Amaechi stated this yesterday at the 2012 National World Malaria day held at the Alfred Diete Spiff Civic Centre in Port Harcourt. At the event, the Governor was invested as Malaria Ambassador for Nigeria.
Governor Amaechi said the fight against malaria was paramount hence the need to partner with the Federal Government.
“One way to fight malaria is for the Federal Government and the governors to partner. We will do everything possible to support the Minister of Health in the fight against malaria because he is a very good man and he has been supporting Rivers State and we will also do everything possible to support his colleague in the Ministry of Health here in Rivers State,he said.
“If the Federal Government can take what we produce we will be glad to quickly establish the factory that will produce the biolarvcide(that kills mosquitoes). We have the franchise for the biolarvicide...”
Earlier, during a courtesy call on him by the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, Governor Amaechi said he would sustain the fight against malaria.
He said:“First, we started by buying one million insecticide treated nets which we distributed in the state before we got introduced to the larvacidal control of malaria and even got the franchise from the Cuban government.
“We believe that the government must do everything possible to fight malaria. I am informed that the scourge of malaria appears to be higher than all forms of diseases that we have here and we are therefore going to sustain the war against it.”
Health Minister, Prof. Chukwu said malaria could be contained through the cooperation of Nigerians and other partners.
“This year the theme of the World Malaria Day Celebration is ‘Sustain Gains, Save Lives’, so we are sustaining that relationship with you.By so doing we would continue to save lives and continue to ask you and others to continue to invest in the campaign to eliminate malaria not only from Nigeria but indeed from the whole of Africa and the rest of the world and so our slogan is ‘let us work together, he said.
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