Releases N53m grant to the National Malaria Control Programme

The World Bank has released a N53 million grant to intensify the fight against malaria in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, the Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretariat in the FCTA, Dr.  Ademola Onakomaiya, said that the bank channelled the funds through the National Malaria Control Programme.

According to him, the money would be used for the ?two nets to a household? campaign.

The FCT, he said, had released N6.5 million as counterpart fund and also contributed more than N1 million to the Roll Back Malaria Unit to carry out malaria control programmes.

The World Bank?s intervention followed the realisation that malaria was a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the developing world, and a major public health problem in Nigeria.

?Malaria affects mostly young children under the age of five and pregnant women in Sub-Saharan Africa resulting in a death rate of nearly 3,000 every day,? Onakomaiya said.

?In Africa, malaria causes approximately 20 percent of all children deaths and in Nigeria, over 4,000 children die annually due to this preventable disease.? 

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