Wife of the Kwara Governor, Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq, has said that her office and Ajike Peoples Support Centre were poised to eliminate malaria in the state, even as they fight to end COVID-19.
AbdulRazaq stated this in a statement signed by her Chief Press Secretary, Mr Adeyinka Adeniyi, in Ilorin on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that World Malaria Day is observed annually on April 25, to recognise global efforts to control Malaria.
The theme of the 2020 World Malaria Day is “Zero Malaria Starts with Me”.
The governor’s wife called on everyone to continue to put into practice all measures aimed at eradicating malaria such as keeping a clean environment, use of mosquito nets, and repellant.
“While we are fighting the COVID-19, efforts are also being made to continue the giant strides made in the prevention of malaria in the state.
AbdulRazaq revealed that a sum of N82 million was provided by the State Governor, Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq, being counterpart fund for the Malaria Free Kwara Project.
She explained that the amount was used to procure Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLIN), Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) Kits as well as anti-malaria drugs for pregnant women and children under five years of age.
Others are Artesunate (Artemther and Lumenfantrine malaria treatment combination Drug) for the treatment of uncomplicated and severe malaria as well as capacity building and training for health workers.