Akwa Ibom state government under its Malaria Elimination Programme (MEP) has Wednesday launched a domestic resource mobilisation project to commemorate this years World Malaria Day.
The event, Tribune Online gathered was aimed at raising awareness and ensuring vital funding against the scourge of the deadly disease.
The launch which was carried out in conjunction with the United States President Malaria Initiatives for States along with other partners including Nigeria Interfaith Action Association seeks to address the funding gaps in malaria programmes as well as address the threat posed by the disease which constitutes about 25 per cent of the countrys health burden.
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Attended by stakeholders and partners the meeting obtained pledges from various groups including the Rotary International and Lions Club which promised to support programmes and activities aimed at delivering zero malaria in the state.
In his remarks, John Orok, the programme manager, Akwa Ibom state malaria elimination programme noted that despite various activities aimed at eliminating malaria which included the recent mass campaign for the distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets as well as sensitization campaigns, he noted that there were still funding gaps for malaria treatment for pregnant mothers.
We have been a beneficiary of support of malaria programmes, from the World Bank, the global fund, World Health Organisation.
Despite the net campaign carried out last year, lots of activities to get malaria eliminated and security challenges in the country and the COVID19 epidemic, there is a gap to fill to prevent malaria which is a disease that can be prevented, he said.
There has also been continuous support from the federal, state and local governments.
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