The Governor of Delta state, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa has admonished all stakeholders in the health sector to work towards eliminating malaria in Nigeria by 2020.
He said this in Asaba when the Minister for Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and some stakeholders in the health sector visited him.
Gov Okowa said that to meet up with the target, all stakeholders including global health partners should support government’s efforts and programmes towards the betterment of the people.
He commended the Federal Government for initiating the Roll Back Malaria programme and expressed delight in the fact that Delta state was included as one of the pilot states for the project.
The Governor pledged his administration’s support in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
The Minister of health, who was represented by Dr Evelyn Ngige, Team leader, Roll Back Malaria programme, said that the commencement of the distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets, LLIN, in the state would be on June 7.
He said, “We need to take the advocacy to the grassroots; we will mobilise the traditional rulers, community leaders and other stakeholders in the communities to ensure the success of the programme for our people.