The World Bank has released N53 million grant, through the National Malaria Control Programme, to step up fight against the scourge in the FCT.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretariat in the FCTA, Dr Ademola Onakomaiya , said in Abuja that the money was being used for the campaign of two nets to a household.
The FCT, he said, released N6.5 million as counterpart fund and also contributed more than N1 million to the Roll Back Malaria Unit to carry out malaria control programme.
The World Bank’s intervention followed the realisation that malaria was a leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the developing world and a major public health problem in Nigeria.
``Malaria affects mostly young children under the age of five and pregnant women in Sub-Saharan Africa resulting in a death rate of nearly 3,000 every day.
``In Africa, malaria causes approximately 20 per cent of all child’s deaths and in Nigeria over 4,000 children die annually due to this preventable disease,” he added.