Abuja - Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has called on citizens to always maintain a clean environment as a way of preventing the scourge of malaria.
He noted that a clean environment would prevent mosquitoes from breeding and subsequently stop the spread of the fever.
The governor explained mosquitoes thrived well in stagnant water, the easiest way to prevent malaria is to get rid of such stagnant water by always maintaining the drains and clearing gutters to allow water to run freely in them.
He called for a rethink of the strategy of distributing mosquito nets and stressed that rather than the nation buying more mosquito nets or producing more anti malaria drugs, thought should be given to action towards eradicating malaria parasites outright.
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He maintained that there was no basis for the existence of stagnant water anywhere in the country when it is fully known that same serve as a breeding ground for larvae of mosquitoes. The governor also informed that the present administration in Lagos has decided to embark on indoor spraying to reduce the incidence of spread of mosquitoes.
More than 600 000 deaths from malaria are recorded globally per year with Congo and Nigeria accounting for 40 percent of the deaths.
– CAJ News