By Chioma Obinna
Federal government needs to redirect its malaria awareness programmes to the grassroots with a view to ensuring that messages gets to nooks and crannies of the country.
Executive Director, ofÂ HealthGuard Foundation, Pharm. Dupe Ologunagba who made the call during aÂ seminar organised by for over 500 pregnant and nursing mothers in Ketu, Lagos also blamed the difficulty in eradicating malaria on the environment.
She said although malaria is seen as a common disease, not many people in the rural areas know about its prevention. â€œThere should be more emphasis on the environmental cleanliness as well as creation ofÂ massive awareness about the disease which kills three out of 10 children in Nigeria before the age of five in rural communities.
Advocating the need for government to go back to the communities in order to fight the disease head -long, she implored all Nigerians to be counted in the fight against the scourge with a view to counting the disease out of the country.
High point of the event wasÂ distribution of anti malarials for children under five years.