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Nigerians Warned to Stop Using Chloroquine for Malaria Treatment

Governor Yari Dangote Named Malaria Fight Ambassadors Coordinator urges Nigerians to fight against malaria
Cris De Lacerda | 26 Abril, 2017, 22:47

Agbor said the organisation was working together with the Federal Ministry of Health and other partners to ensure that such services respond to their basic needs, including prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria.

Isaac Adewole, the minister of health, on Tuesday, announced the ban on chloroquine and artemisinin monotherapy for the treatment of malaria.

According to him, the losses were incurred in government's efforts to tackle the scourge in the country.

In 2012, malaria was responsible for the death of approximately 482,000 under-five children, even though an estimated 136 million insecticide treated nets (ITNs) were distributed to endemic countries the same year.

"The bed nets prevent children from being bitten by the mosquitoes that transmit malaria".

"Our target is to achieve zero mortality rate from malaria by 2020, very ambitious target but doable, we can achieve it; that no Nigeria died of malaria by 2020".

"Malaria constitutes a major barrier to social and economic development as it is the greatest public health challenge in Nigeria and we need to change our attitudes and the way we have been doing things to work towards a way we can eliminate the disease from the country", she said.

He stressed that drugs such as Chloroquine, Halfan and Fansider were no longer recommended for the treatment of malaria due to their ineffectiveness.

In Kwara State, the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) Chairman, Samuel Babatunde said at their sensitisation programme in Omu Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area that it had observed that all other measures used to eradicate malaria in our society as expensive as some of them are, have not totally given us any breakthrough on the issue.

Puddicombe said: "There has been a significant reduction in the menace of malaria in Nigeria in the last 10 years".

Adewole, who stated this yesterday in Abuja during a Malaria Public Sector Stakeholders meeting on Dissemination of the results of the MAPS-C Project, pointed out that the country is malaria-endemic, though the burden is gradually reducing.

The president also said that there was need to fully involve NGOs whose primary objective was to complement government's efforts in controlling the menace of malaria.

Commending stakeholders who have been active in the kick out malaria programme, the Minster also called on Nigerians to collaborate and act on their roles by doing and ensuring that the right thing is done at the right time.