World Malaria Day: LAPO Screens 2,010 For Malaria, Distributes 700 Treated Nets

LAPO screened 2,010 community members across the country for malaria during the April 25th, 2018 World Malaria Day held under the theme, “Ready to beat malaria.”

About 700 got free insecticide-treated nets while 125 persons who tested positive to the ailment received free drugs.

Speaking, Executive Director, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo said malaria constitutes a huge epidemiologic burden in Africa with victims mostly pregnant women, their unborn babies and children below the age of five.

Malaria remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality in Nigeria with 97 per cent of the population at risk. The country accounts for 32 per cent of the global estimate of 655,000 malaria deaths annually.

Nigeria losses about N132 billion to Malaria annually through treatment costs, prevention and loss of man-hour. Malaria is a major cause of increasing household poverty and has continued to cripple the region’s economic development, she said.

Idowu-Osehobo said “LAPO will continue to collaborate with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the Nigeria’s National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) in their quest to end the disease. We believe that beating malaria means healthier societies, increased attendance at school and work, more productive communities, and stronger economies. Beating malaria is critical to ending poverty, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of ending poverty in all its forms.”

In 2017, LAPO distributed thousands of information materials, treated bed nets and provided free malaria screening services to 38,593 beneficiaries across target communities. 946 stakeholders drawn from Local Government Councils, Primary Health Care facilities and target communities participated in our 2017 World Malaria Day events under the theme: ‘A Push for Prevention.’

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