NewsReel-2 28/4/2014 - Address By Gov. Orji On The Occasion of The World Malaria Day, Held At The Women Development Center, Umuahia On April 25, 2014.

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – Distinguished ladies and gentlemen; Today, we join many other States and our Nation to celebrate the World Malaria Day. This occasion always affords everyone a chance to share experience and obtain new information necessary in the implementation of an integrated malaria control activities, so that the concerned Nations can support each other in the on-going efforts to eliminate malaria. 
The global importance accorded to this event highlights the level of threat which malaria has come to pose in the effective health care delivery of many Nations, including Nigeria.

Mosquito, as we all know is the major carrier of malaria parasite which is bred in stagnant water, including ponds, containers, pots etc. Our vulnerable children are mostly the victims of malaria parasites, and whenever treatments are not administered in time, these lead to deaths or disabilities.   
Today, malaria continues to threaten more than 40% of the world population,  making it the public enemy number one, outside those other challenges that are man-made.

Every year, more than 500 million people suffer from malaria and over a million children die from malaria related diseases; while 90% of world malaria deaths occur in Africa alone. Malaria remains one of the biggest problems in Africa contributing to loss of active man-hour amongst our workforce and it is indeed threatening to our economy.

To wage an effective fight against malaria, this year’s edition of World Malaria Day has adopted as its theme: ‘Invest in the future: Defeat Malaria’.  
This theme is significant as it serves as a wake-up call for policy makers and the citizenry to act now, if we must defeat malaria and save the future threat it poses to our health, especially our vulnerable children who are our future leaders. 
The World Malaria Day commemoration is also set aside to challenge our communities to mobilize to fight malaria, and to especially sensitize and draw media attentions to the scourge of malaria. These activities are necessary if we must win the war against malaria.

Today, it is more evident that healthy communities create more vibrant, inclusive and active people and economies that thrive and serve the Nation. Since the Millenium Development Goals were launched, we have been seeing good evidence to show that fighting malaria is a good investment that saves lives and also speeds up the economy.    
This is one good reason for all of us to recommit our energies to fight, prevent and control malaria in our environment and in the Nation. 

Any input we make to fight malaria will lead to further reduction in ill-health and deaths due to malaria; it will increase political commitments by Governments, and also improve access to technical and financial resources from national and international partners, who are equally concerned with the fight against malaria.    
This is why all of us must sustain our efforts to contain malaria in this Nation, so that the fragile gains already achieved is not reversed in malaria’s fa
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