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Reps call for local manufacturing of vaccine

The House of Representatives has called for adequate domestic financing and local manufacturing of malaria drugs and commodities to reduce the scourge of malaria in Nigeria.

The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, who made the call, was commemorating the 2023 Malaria day, with the theme: “Time to deliver zero malaria: invest, innovate, implement”.

In a statement, the lawmaker expressed grave concern over Nigeria’s rating in the World Health Organisation’s report on malaria and underscored the need to take proactive steps towards reducing the malaria burden across the country.

“April 25th marks the World Malaria Day as countries and organisations all over the world especially sub-Saharan countries celebrate the day.

“This year’s theme is ‘Time to deliver zero malaria: invest, innovate, implement’, with a particular focus on the implementation of strategies to reach especially the vulnerable age group children under 5 years and Pregnant women. He said

Mr Kalu insisted that with the onset of the rainy season and its resultant flooding, which leads to a surge in breeding of mosquitoes and increased malaria morbidity, mortality and more incidental deaths among Nigerians, there was need for “immediate action to save more lives”.

Writing by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Tony Okerafor