By Taye Obateru
A university don, Professor C.I.C. Ogbonna, has advocated greater attention to the management of malaria in the country as it claims more lives than the dreaded HIV/AIDS.
Prof. Ogbonna of the University of Jos who is currently heading a research into the production of Artemisia plant in Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau State said unless adequate attention is paid to malaria, it would remain a silent killer claiming several lives annually.
He spoke to journalists at a workshop on the â€œRole of Biotechnology in Resource Development in Rural Communitiesâ€ organised by the Centre for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering of the university under the World Bank funded STEP â€˜Bâ€™ grant for tertiary institutions.
It was organised in collaboration with Raw Materials Research and Development Council, RMRDC.
According to him, â€œpeople think that HIV/AIDS is the biggest killer in the world and here in Africa but I tell you with all assurance that malaria is the biggest killer and itâ€™s high time we paid more attention to how to manage malaria properly in the country.
â€œThis was what informed our drawing up the proposal for this. We wanted to tackle malaria through getting rid of the parasites and also getting rid of the mosquito.
“The World Health Organisation has directed that the active ingredient of this plant should be a component of every malaria drug.”