BY EBELE ONUORAH
As part of activities to mark this year’s World Malaria Day, the Lagos State Ministry of Health in collaboration with health related NGOs held a walk and free malaria screening/awareness creation exercise which took off from Maryland and culminated at Kosofe Local Government Area Headquarters.
Coordinator, Lagos State Malaria Control Programme, Dr Omowunmi Bakare urged the public to keep their surroundings clean always. She said that we should avoid having around us, open bottles/containers with water in them because that’s where we find mosquitoes.
She urged all to help the government by keeping their environment clean, go for tests and treat malaria infections regularly. Malaria is treated in our health societies for free and the pregnant women are also given ITNs (Insecticide Treated Nets).
Bakare said: “Lagos State has gone further by embarking on indoor residual spraying so when mosquitoes are prevented from entering your house, there will be no malaria.”
Residents of Local Government Areas of Ibeju Lekki, Amuwo, Ojo and Ikorodu would testify to this effort/ process which is done every six months.
CEO, Health Environment & Development Foundation, Dr Bamgboye M. Afolabi, said that it is very important for every one in the society to be mobilised and is of the opinion that this is a grassroot battle and so the Local Government Chairman should be empowered to take up this fight.
“We can’t keep dying of a cheap disesase, malaria is found in poor environment(both mentally and spiritually) and makes us even poorer.We really have to do something.”