The House of Representatives has called upon the federal government to declare a state of emergency concerning Malaria, characterizing it as a lethal parasite capable of causing significant suffering to Nigerians.
Hon. Amobi Ogah, the Chairman of the House Committee on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, issued this appeal in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, coinciding with the 2023 World Mosquito Day.
World Mosquito Day is recognized globally on August 20, with the 2023 theme being “Fighting the World’s Deadliest Killer – the Mosquito.” The goal is to heighten awareness about the causes of malaria, its prevention, and the threat posed by mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases. It also emphasizes ongoing global efforts to combat the world’s deadliest creature.
Ogah, who represents the Isuiwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency of Abia State, stressed that given the menace of malaria to humanity, every conceivable effort must be directed towards eradicating this deadliest of mosquitoes.
The committee’s chairman affirmed that the 10th House is committed to ensuring the effective implementation of legislation aimed at eradicating malaria in the country.
He stated, “The House Committee on HIV, AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Control acknowledges the challenges faced by Nigerians in combating these diseases, especially malaria, which seems to defy solutions. The committee will collaborate with relevant stakeholders to ensure that budgeted funds are utilized for their intended purpose.”
“According to the World Health Organization, four African countries accounted for just over half of all malaria deaths worldwide. Nigeria tops this list with 31.3 percent, followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo with 12.6 percent, Tanzania (4.1 percent), and Niger (3.9 percent).”
“I am aware that the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030, which was updated in 2021, provides a technical framework for all malaria-endemic countries, including Nigeria. This document is expected to guide and support regional and country programs on malaria control as they work towards the control and elimination of malaria.”