A Parasitologist, Prof. Dennis Aribodor, has identified the lack of fund and dependence of foreign donors as major challenges affecting the fight against Malaria in Nigeria.
Aribodor, a lecturere at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday that the burden of malaria had continued to undermine the health and welfare of families.
He identified the lack of political will, terrorism, global warming and climate change, drug and insecticidal resistance as other factors milita
He said that “malaria has continued to cripple our nation’s economic development. There is need to provide funding to execute malaria programmes.
“There is also the need to check the situation where foreign donors and donors within the country
dictate programmes in the battle against malaria. Even our data are sometimes generated by foreign organisations because they fund it. These are obstacles in the fight against malaria.”
He, therefore, called for concerted efforts to achieve a malaria-free nation like Algeria.
He said that Algeria became the second country in the World Health Organisation African Region
to be officially certified malaria-free in 2019 after Mauritius, which was certified in 1973.
According to him, Algeria achieved the feat by fully funding its budget for malaria elimination through domestic financing.
He urged government at all levels and the organised private sector to allocate resources to intensify the fight against malaria.
He added that “for malaria to be eliminated in Nigeria, our political leaders should have the political will and allocate adequate resources, both human and material to achieve the goal.
“As researchers and advocates, we will continue to educate and empower residents on the causes, effects and solutions to malaria scourge.”
Malaria is caused by a single-celled parasite of the genus plasmodium. The parasite is commonly transmitted to humans through mosquito bite.