- The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), has called on the Federal Government to deploy more resources in the fight against malaria.
The NMA made the call in a statement signed by its President, Dr. Francis Faduyile and Secretary General, Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote, in Abuja, Friday.
According to the NMA: “Unlike COVID-19 that has affected almost the whole world; malaria’s endemicity in Nigeria and other tropical counties is associated with poverty and inequity, with the most vulnerable at greatest risk of dying.
“This therefore makes it imperative for extra efforts to ensure that whatever economic palliatives distributed targets the very poor and vulnerable in the society.
“As the attention of the world is currently fixated on the ravaging COVID-19, NMA calls on governments at all levels not to de-prioritise the programs and activities aimed at ultimately eradicating malaria but deplore more resources towards a malaria free Nigeria.”
While calling on Nigerians to avoid self-medication, the NMA, said: “The Association further urges Nigerians at the phase of community transmission of COVD-19, to as much as possible avoid self-medication but rather report to health care facilities as Malaria and COVID-19 share similar symptoms.” The NMA, therefore, advised all households to use this opportunity to clear out drains and bushes around their homes.
It further urged them to continue to sleep under insecticide treated nets and observe all precautionary measures to protect them from the bites of mosquitoes.