Abuja - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has restated its commitment to curbing the spread of malaria in Nigeria.
It has donated about 4 million insecticide-treated nets valued at N2,8 billion to Ebonyi and Cross River States.
Country Director of USAID Mission, Michael Harvey, said the donation was part of the United States government’s commitment through the President’s Malaria Initiative to prevent malaria in the continent’s most populous country.
“USAID will work closely with Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Programme and states malaria elimination programmes to ensure the nets get to eligible households.” Harvey said.
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He added that nine other states would also receive bed nets in the coming months.
“Bednets bring prevention directly into every Nigerian home. It is up to families to hang them, and sleep under them daily to protect themselves and the most vulnerable, especially pregnant women and children under five,” he said.
An estimated 100 million malaria cases and about 300 000 deaths occur each year in Nigeria, making Nigeria the country with the highest malaria burden worldwide.
The United States government's contribution for malaria prevention in Nigeria since 2010 has totaled N69 billion, benefiting more than 50 million Nigerians.
- CAJ News