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Health News of Thursday, 28 April 2022

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We must collectively fight malaria, Lagos govt tells residents

Lagos Health Commissioner, Prof Akin Abayomi Lagos Health Commissioner, Prof Akin Abayomi

The Lagos State Government has urged residents on the need to work collectively to fight the scourge of malaria in the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, disclosed this, according to a statement on Wednesday, during an awareness walk to commemorate the year 2022 World Malaria Day in Lagos.

Abayomi, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Olusegun Ogboye, explained that the present administration is committed to tackling malaria by using a multi-pronged approach including environmental management and integrated vector control for the prevention of malaria.

He said, “Malaria remains a major public health challenge in the state and the disease remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the vulnerable group, especially children under five years of age and pregnant women.

“This year’s theme, ‘Harness innovation to reduce the malaria burden and save lives,’ highlights the fact that no single tool that is available today will solve the problem of malaria, rather, our collective actions like improved investments, new and enhanced vector control approaches, diagnostics and antimalarial medicines will speed up the pace of progress in the fight against the disease.”

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, also urged the citizens to clean their environment and clear breeding sites for mosquitoes.

“We must ensure that we clean our environment properly via effective refuse disposal and management, covering of water storage containers, clearing of gutters, dredging of canals and channels among others, clearing of unkempt and dirty environments as these are breeding sites for mosquitoes,” he stated.

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