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Nigeria to spearhead anti-malaria war in Africa — Minister

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The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said Nigeria will set the pace in eradicating the scourge of malaria in Africa.

Dr. Onu disclosed this when the Committee on Malaria Eradication submitted its report in his office in Abuja yesterday.

Nigeria, he added, would do this by applying bio-technology and nuclear technology to eradicate the disease vector mosquito and the malaria parasite responsible for causing malaria.

Dr. Onu said in order for Nigeria to be free from malaria, other African nations must be free from the disease.

“Eradication of Malaria cannot be successful in Nigeria, because of other nations which share border with Nigeria. If we eradicate mosquitoes in Nigeria, they can easily find their way back from the border nations”, he added.

He said there should be an increase in the percentage of anti-Malaria drugs produced in Nigeria, to lessen dependence on imported anti-malaria drugs.

“Malaria must be eradicated in a sustainable way”, he added.

Mariam Olaitan is a news writer who gathers and disseminates current happenings around the world.

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