Lagos - The Malaria Society of Nigeria on Tuesday called for a Public-Private collaboration in the fight against malaria to reduce the burden of the disease.
Dr John Puddicombe, the President of the society, made the call in an interview in Lagos.
He said that the lack of sponsors, funds, as well as the decline in malaria control and research programmes had contributed to the high rate of death due to malaria in the country.
"It is disheartening to note that with about a million cases and about 300,000 deaths per annum, Nigeria presently has the highest number of malaria cases and fatalities in the world.
"We have not achieved much in the area of malaria control. There are millions of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets gathering dusts in Federal Medical Stores, Ministries of Health, Primary Healthcare Centres across the country.
"This is so, because there are no funds available for the distribution of these nets. Where have the sponsors gone?
"The support for malaria control and research is on the decline."
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Puddicombe urged philanthropists and NGOs to support the fight against malaria by organising awareness programmes to educate the public, adding that government could not do it alone.
"I want to cease this opportunity to appeal to philanthropists, the private sector to be part of efforts at reducing the menace of malaria to the barest minimum as the government cannot do it alone.
"Awareness, rallies, symposia, etc., aimed at combating the menace of malaria should not be limited, but should be a regular event around
"There is no doubting the fact that government cannot do this alone; we need to fully involve credible malaria NGOs in the battle against malaria. I make bold to say that deaths resulting from this killer disease will be drastically reduced."