ByÂ Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”TO EFFECTIVELY fight malaria, Rivers State government is to collaborate with a Cuban company to build the first malaria control factory on the continent in Port Harcourt.
Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi stated this yesterday when the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Elio Savou Oliva, led a delegation of Cuban investors to pay him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt.
Governor Amaechi said since the partnership has blossomed into an agreement, he was confident that within the next five years, malaria would be eradicated in Rivers State.
He assured the team that his government was prepared to fulfill its part of the agreement so that between December and January next year, there would be reduced cases of malaria in the state.
Governor Amaechi said the Port Harcourt malaria control factory, which is expected to be ready in two years, would produce about six million cubic litres of vector insecticides for malaria control.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Elio Savou Oliva, said they were on a special mission to the state to collaborate with the state government to fight the deadly vector malaria parasite.
Mr Oliva said Cuba was ready to assist the state government to eradicate malaria by building the malaria control factory which other countries had successfully undertaken, noting that the factory would be the first of its kind in Africa.
The Ambassador noted that the project would strengthen the mutual cooperation between the Rivers state government and Cuba, adding that it represented the first major cooperation for Cuba and the state government.