Dr Stella Agbim, Lead Advocate of the foundation, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja. She said government should embrace greater innovations and investment in research and development of new antimicrobial medicines, vaccines and diagnostic tools to address the challenge.
The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Mansur Dada, stated this on Tuesday while briefing newsmen on the exercise in Bauchi. According to Dada, the distribution is a collaboration between the state Government, the National Malaria Elimination Initiative and Global funds in its continuous efforts to combat malaria.
Henshaw decried the continued harm malaria causes in Nigerian homes as well as the ignorance and misinformation about fevers. She lamented the fact that citizens underplay malaria or describe it in endearing terms. Growing up, she recalls, “In those days, people spoke about malaria as if it belonged to them with expressions like ‘I have malaria,' ‘my malaria’ and ‘ordinary malaria.' Surprisingly, after many years, these terms are still common place among family members, colleagues, and friends, irrespective of class or level of education
Though the results were promising, more extensive field testing will be required, the researchers wrote. Nevertheless, it marks the first time any vaccine trial has shown 100% success in protecting subjects from the mosquito-borne tropical disease, which sickens more than 200 million a year and killed about 660,000 in 2010