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Prof. Aribodor: Anambra Is Not Preventing Malaria Enough

May 6, 2024 | Health | 0 comments

Professor Dennis Nnanna Aribodor, a distinguished expert in Public Health Parasitology at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, has expressed concern over the inadequate efforts of the Anambra Government and several other state administrations in Nigeria in combating the malaria scourge.

In an exclusive interview, Professor Aribodor raised questions about the allocation of funds for malaria control and prevention initiatives across various states and the nation at large. He emphasized that with the necessary political will, malaria, a highly preventable disease, could be eradicated in Nigeria.

Citing successful examples from countries like Algeria, Cape Verde, Mauritius, China, Palestine, and others, where malaria has been effectively eliminated through determined political commitment, Professor Aribodor lamented the lack of similar progress in Nigeria, particularly in Anambra State.

He highlighted the importance of aggressive treatment and chemotherapy programs, especially targeting vulnerable populations such as children and pregnant women, in achieving local transmission elimination of malaria parasites.

However, Professor Aribodor criticized the perceived lackluster efforts of state governments, including Anambra State, in tackling the spread of malaria parasites. He underscored the urgency of the situation, revealing alarming statistics of malaria-related deaths in Nigeria, particularly among children under five and pregnant women in rural areas.

Despite his efforts to obtain insights from the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ben Afam Obidike, on the government’s malaria prevention programs, Professor Aribodor faced challenges as the commissioner declined to grant an interview. This delay in obtaining official information could have improved the timely completion of the report.

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